Rachel Valinsky


Born and raised in central and southeast Ohio, Rachel is a diehard Buckeye. Her 9+ years of experience began at Mars Inc. as a Lab Technician, but lies extensively in plant Q&FS and R&D where she worked with low-acid canned food, from raw ingredients and packaging to finished product. Her experience includes managing Food Safety System programs (Internal Audit, CAPA, HACCP, GMPs/GHPs, food defense, training, etc.). She is a certified lead internal auditor (ISO FSSC 22000) and has a B.S. Degree in Zoology from The Ohio State University. Her primary love and full-time job includes being a wife and a mother of two amazing little girls.

Areas of expertise including:

Incident management, , GMP/GHP, G&HP, knife control, mycotoxin, sensory, physical hazards, x-ray/metal detection (inline and bridge metal detectors), HACCP plan/food safety team, quality systems compliance, food safety and quality training, thermal process, change management, production, canning/seaming, internal audit, CAPA/RCA/RA (corrective action preventative action/root cause analysis/risk assessment), document and record control, pest control, sanitation, laboratory facilitation, FOSS NIR testing, wet chemistry testing, calibration program management, T5/T6 gap analysis, food defense, food fraud, mock recall, petfood regulations(FDA, USDA, ODA), product grading/specifications, develop/implement sensory program, metrics reporting, management review, and CVS (commission validate start-up) team member.