About us

Bogart Food Safety & Sanitation Associates, Inc. is a leading provider of food safety and sanitation technical consulting services in the United States. With our expertise and industry knowledge, we help businesses in the food industry maintain the highest standards of safety and sanitation.

Neil Bogart is the founder and president of Bogart Food Safety & Sanitation Associates, Inc., a Technical Consulting firm focusing on food safety and microbiological technical support, cleaning and sanitizing solutions, CIP, Food Safety Culture, and hygienic engineering design for the dairy, food, beverage, and bottled water markets.

Previously, he was an Executive Area Technical Support Coordinator of NA Food & Beverage for Ecolab Inc. In this role, Neil provided troubleshooting, microbiological technical support, cleaning, and sanitizing solutions to the dairy, food, beverage, and bottled water markets. He has worked in food manufacturing in Corporate Quality, Regulatory, and R&D, and was a Food Safety Consultant, specializing in food safety program development, and sanitation systems; he is also a Certified Chef. As a chef, he worked in prestigious roles at private resorts and national hotel chains; and he owned Personal Chef and Catering businesses.

He is a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the Alabama Association for Food Protection (AAFP), and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). He has served on the boards of IAFP, and AAFP, as IAFP Affiliate Council board Secretary, and as vice-chair and chair of the Food Fraud PDG. He is currently the AAFPs Interim Director, AAFPs Affiliate Delegate to IAFP, and Secretary of the IAFP Dairy Quality and Safety PDG. He also co-founded the IAFP Food Fraud PDG.

He is also a member of InfraGard – Birmingham Alliance Chapter. InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and private sector members to protect U.S. Critical Infrastructure. Neil is the chapter's Food and Agricultural Sector Chief.

Mr. Bogart holds a Food Science degree from Mississippi State University and his Le Cordon Bleu from Monroe County Community College. He is an SQF Practitioner, Preventive Controls for Human Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs lead instructor.

Our team of experienced professionals works closely with clients to develop customized solutions that meet their specific needs. Whether it's implementing food safety programs, conducting audits and inspections, or providing training and education, we are committed to ensuring that our clients comply with industry regulations and best practices.


Our Partners

Abbey Escarsega - Sanitation Consultant

Abbey Escarsega - Sanitation Consultant

With over 17 years of experience in food safety and sanitation, she specializes in implementing Sanitation programs.

Expertise: Food Safety, Hygiene, and Sanitation for Food Processing

Focuses: Dairy (Fluid Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream, Cultured Products, Milk and Whey Powder), Beverage (Carbonated Soft Drinks, Juice, Water), Bakery, Nuts, Grocery and Fresh Produce.

  • Evaluation of cleaning and sanitizing chemistry, techniques, and technologies of food contact and environmental cleaning areas, including wet and dry sanitation.
  • CIP and manual cleaning Verification/Validation.
  • Hygienic design and inspection of equipment.
  • Plant sanitation document review, revision, and creation.
  • Audit preparation assistance.
  • Investigation and root cause analysis of microbial contamination sample to correction.
  • Facility Zoning Plans to control environmental contaminants.
  • Training course for food sanitation, chemical safety, titration, chemical application-principle to practice, classroom, and 1:1.


  • Uptime generation – Sanitation Cycle-Time reductions.
  • CIP troubleshooting and improvement recommendations.
  • Runtime extensions.
  • Master Sanitation Schedule development.
  • SSOP development.
Bruce Wild - CIP/Sanitation Consultant

Bruce Wild - CIP/Sanitation Consultant

With over 39 years of experience in sanitation and food safety, he specializes in CIP Design & Process, Hygiene, and Sanitation for Food Processing in dairy and food processing facilities.


  • CIP program evaluation and recommendations to provide improved efficiency and results.
  • P&ID review of CIP/Process piping.
  • Evaluation of antimicrobials, technologies, and food contact surfaces in cleaning and sanitation
  • Hygienic design and inspection of equipment
  • Plant sanitation audits-documents on the floor
  • Investigation and root cause analysis of microbial contamination
  • Sanitation technologies, wet and dry cleaning
  • Training for food sanitation-principle to practice.
Rick J. Heiman - Hygienic & Sanitary Design, Sanitation Consultant

Rick J. Heiman - Hygienic & Sanitary Design, Sanitation Consultant

With over 30 years of experience in food safety and quality with global expertise in food and dairy products, aseptic processing, and infant formula, Rick is known for his extensive knowledge of hygienic/sanitary design, and sanitation for dairy liquids and powder, infant milk formula / PIF, adult nutritional products, biopharma, egg products, fermented products, mayonnaise/emulsified dressings, intermediate moisture products, beverage systems, fruit, coffee, cereal, flour processing facilities.

He is an American National Standards Institute developer with experience leading and developing organizations. Chairman of the board 3-A SSI, Liaison to EHEDG in Europe, and President-Elect Missouri Environmental Health Association.

Author/contributor to the GFSI Benchmarking Standards for Hygienic Design published in 2020.

Consultant and author to National Dairy Council/DMI/Innovation group participating in various topics including the development of a technical paper to assist with lot separation of spray-dried products with extended runs.

Developer and leader for food safety workshops, symposia, roundtables, and pre-competitive learning events on food safety topics to benefit the industry.  

Food Safety by Design leader; utilizing audit with facility teams to ensure preventive controls are in place to ensure food safe, high quality, manufacture of products.

Zhinong Yan, Ph.D. - Food Safety, Sanitation Consultant

Zhinong Yan, Ph.D. - Food Safety, Sanitation Consultant

With over 25 years of experience in sanitation, microbiology, and food safety, he specializes in microbial testing, challenge study, environment monitoring, root cause analysis, plant inspection, hygiene and sanitation, pest management, and allergen control for Protein (USDA), and Food Processing (FDA) facilities. Has completed >250 food plant inspections in over 20 countries. 


  • Rich experience working in multinational companies understanding and applying headquarters’ business strategies to different regions.
  • Stays in front of current trends in food safety topics including food safety regulations, hazard analysis, supplier management, auditing, traceability, food fraud, food integrity, sanitation/sanitary design, recalls, e-commerce, innovations, food safety culture, and animal welfare.
  • Familiar with food production from farm to store including meat and poultry, dairy, fresh produce, bakery, snacks, and beverages in the US and other countries.
  • Good knowledge of food safety regulations (FDA/FSMA, USDA FSIS, China food safety law and standards, European Food Safety Authority, AP region).
  • Wide range of networks in the food safety world from government, academia, trade associations, industries, and consumer organizations such as WHO, FAO, CODEX, USDA, FDA, China Ministry of Agriculture (MARA), China State Administration of Market Regulations (SAMA); US CDC, China CDC; major Universities and research institutes; Being a leader in various trade associations, i.e. IAFP, GFSI, AMP, CIFST, CCFA, CAFA, CCLA.