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Achieving FSMA Compliance with BRC Certification

To assist all BRC Food certificated sites BRC Global Standards commissioned The Acheson Group (TAG) to assess the BRC Global Standard for Food Safe...

Comparing FSSC 22000 against FSMA Preventive Controls Rules

A recent comparison of the FSSC 22000 Certification scheme against the FSMA Final Preventive Controls (PC) Rule for Human Food concluded that there...

Adding Value to an Internal Audit System

Internal auditing is included in Food Safety Management Requirements of the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition Version 6.4 and as such is a compu...

The Solution to a Combined HACCP & HARPC System!

On first glance HACCP and HARPC may look similar. But be warned, no matter what you may have been told, they are not!  There are key differenc...

The Major Contaminants in Compressed Air

The quality of compressed air used in the food industry has come under the microscope recently. As the awareness grows of the critical nature that...

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    I will be officially launching my consultancy in August 2017 and have started my prep work a year ahead in order to be ready for that. I now a Linkdin page, Facebook page and standalone web site.... more

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    Halal Labelling
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    Hi,    I am desperately looking for help in labelling products as HALAL. Products purchased as HALAL with full supplier certification being re-packed in different packaging and supplied t... more

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    HI,   We are due our PIU and I've been told specs get locked on TTL before they arrive. Anyone confirm this ?   Cheers more

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    Hello Seniors, I have a question regarding the allergen colour coding and colour of hoses to be used on production floor. We have a green colour for allergen in our facility. Our Maintenance person... more

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    How to Validate Reverse Osmosis Filtration as a CCP for Packaged Water
    Charles.C - 20 minutes ago

    Hi Daube Matatia   Validation procedures for assessing the filtration performance in Bottled Water production are IMO likely to be local Regulatory-based. I anticipate that yr supplier has suc... more

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    Roof Leak on Sealed and Packaged Raw Material
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    Thank you everyone.  I have discussed this ad nauseam with mgmt but they are still committed to using the product.  I performed additional sampling to strengthen the case for use (or find... more

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    Is metal detection necessary for SQF Certification?
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    Thank you for your help. The consultant was here last week and she said "Publix just had a recall of coffee cakes for metal slivers, THAT is why you HAVE to have a metal detector." The initial must... more

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    When was your unannounced SQF audit?
    ChristinaG - Today, 03:25 PM

    For our last unannounced audit, our auditor showed up at 8AM about 18 days before the anniversary date of our initial certification, so about 2.5 weeks into the 8 week window. Passed with a 94% tho... more

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    YUM QSA
    Mohamed Gamal - Today, 02:31 PM

    Without knowing the context, "calibration" of personnel usually means training them so that they understand what they are looking for, or testing for. (Generally QA/QC type people).   Marsha... more

Latest Articles

  • Achieving FSMA Compliance with BRC Certification
    by Tony-C - 15 August 2016 - 07:51 PM

    BRC Food Safety Standard was first published in 1998 and was Food Safety Standard to be benchmarked by the GFSI. The current version of the standard is Issue 7 which was published in January 2015.... more

  • Comparing FSSC 22000 against FSMA Preventive Controls Rules
    by Tony-C - 09 August 2016 - 07:26 PM

    The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food rule is now final, and compliance dates (See Appendix 4) for some businesses begin in September 2016. Key Requirement... more

  • Adding Value to an Internal Audit System
    by Tony-C - 07 June 2016 - 06:13 AM

    Internal Auditing Let’s start with an Audit Definition from ISO 19011:* A systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to dete... more

  • The Solution to a Combined HACCP & HARPC System!
    by Simon - 02 June 2016 - 07:50 PM

    Understanding the Differences There are some fundamental differences between HACCP principles and the HARPC requirements, a couple of the most controversial may be that the Preventive Control... more

  • The Major Contaminants in Compressed Air
    by Simon - 17 March 2016 - 03:22 PM

    The 7.2nd edition of the SQF Code states:“Compressed air used in the manufacturing process shall be clean and present no risk to food safety.”“Compressed air used in the manufacturing process shall... more

Latest News

  • Product Withdrawal & Recall Survey
    by Simon - 08 July 2015 - 10:32 AM

    Link to the Full Survey ResultsMain Findings:Over half of the 70 respondents had experienced at least one product withdrawal or product recall within their businessOver 1/3 of these withdrawals or... more

  • ACET Global Consulting to Provide IFS Academy Training
    by Simon - 27 June 2015 - 06:13 PM

    ACET Global Consulting will deliver IFS Academy implementation training programs including IFS Food, IFS Logistics, IFS PACsecure, and many more. With approved trainers, as well as certified audito... more

  • The International Food Safety & Quality Network Annual Conference
    by Simon - 27 June 2015 - 02:10 PM

    Food Safety Live 2015The International Food Safety & Quality Network Annual ConferenceThis year's Food Safety Live online conference consists of a series of four interactive live debates with a... more

  • New System Redefines Performance for GC-MS Applications
    by Simon - 01 June 2015 - 07:15 PM

    The new Thermo Scientific Q Exactive GC hybrid quadrupole-Orbitrap GC-MS/MS instrument represents the first-ever commercial system offering a combination of gas chromatography and HRAM Orbitrap mas... more

  • The next revision of ISO 22000 is due 2017
    by Simon - 05 May 2015 - 08:29 PM

    The need for change was highlighted by a 2014 consultation among users of the standard which identified some gaps, confusion and repetition that required some clarification and improvement. The con... more

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Upcoming Food Safety Fridays Webinars

  • Risk Assessment under BRC

      Taking Place: 14 October 2016 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Did you know that the BRC Food Standard refers to risk assessment nearly 100 times, but offers almost no advice on how these risk assessments should be carri... more

  • Becoming a Food Fraud Detective

      Taking Place: 04 November 2016 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    As part of a TACCP system, analytical methods to detect food fraud are becoming increasingly important. Food fraud has existed for as long as there have bee... more

  • Detecting Smaller Contamination in Challenging Applications

      Taking Place: 11 November 2016 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    In the food and pharmaceutical industries many of the products being inspected for contamination exhibit a phenomenon known as ‘Product Effect’. This is wher... more

  • Food Grade Compressed Air Testing to meet GFSI scheme requirements

      Taking Place: 18 November 2016 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Food grade air testing is gaining speed with more and more GFSI schemes requiring regular monitoring programs. Tune in and listen to Ruby Ochoa discuss how y... more

  • Improving Product Quality and Extending Product Shelf-Life

      Taking Place: 02 December 2016 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    In this webinar we will look at practical tools that can assist in improving product quality and extending product shelf life in fresh processed products. In... more

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Did you know that the BRC Food Standard refers to risk assessment nearly 100 times, but offers almost no advice on how these risk assessments should be carried out? This presentation offers an extensive analysis of risk assessment under BRC, and it provides you with a full breakdown of all areas where the BRC standard re... more

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    Using Trend Analysis to Reduce Complaint levels Tony-C's Blog

    Tony-C - Oct 09 2014 05:51 AM

    I’d like to start off my latest blog by quoting an interesting section in SQF Guidance regarding complaints: ‘Customer complaints provide an important measure of how well the SQF System is performing. By accurately recording customer complaint types, a supplier can objectively measure changes in their management system and show improvements in a process. Customer complaints may also show t... more

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