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The FSVP is the Next FSMA Compliance Date

One of the new rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). For most importers of food...

How to Sample for Particles, Water, and Oil in Compressed Air

Many in the food manufacturing business are wondering exactly how to go about complying with the requirements for routine monitoring of compressed...

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...

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    Alternatives to stitch seals for Paper Sacks
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    Hi all,   Hoping for some insight on other alternatives to sealing paper sacks. We currently stitch our bags close and are looking to move away because of use of needles.   Would apprecia... more

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    Chemicals used for Pest Control.
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    Hi all,   Would appreciate a bit of knowledge on whether liquid residue pesticide applications is approved by AIB? And any resources to support this as well?   Hoping to hear from you.... more

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    Raw Finished & Packing Standards for a Ice Cream Plant.
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    I am the new SQF Practitioner at a Ice Cream Plant.  I am in the middle of written the SQF Procedure for  2.3.2 Raw Finished & Packing Standards.  Do any one have a sample for me... more

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    GMP Violation - Gum or inside of mouth?
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    What critical equipment should be calibrated in a dairy plant?
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    Hello everyone,   Recently, I'm on the new role for GMP auditor. During the 1st audit, I engaged lots of specific control equipment which are already expired their calibration period.   T... more

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    Raw Finished & Packing Standards for a Ice Cream Plant.
    Charles.C - Today, 07:47 AM

    I am the new SQF Practitioner at a Ice Cream Plant.  I am in the middle of written the SQF Procedure for  2.3.2 Raw Finished & Packing Standards.  Do any one have a sample for... more

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    Validation of Metal detector if not a CCP
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    Hi Mulan,   Regarding Prerequisite Programs/yr example, perhaps more like Chalk and Cheese ?   In general, I suspect that every Organisation makes it’s own rules where “validation” is con... more

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    Date Labelling of Pre-Packed Goods
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    Hi Hobgoblin, this is a really helpful comment. From what you've said I'm assuming that for loose Rocket leaves, the main reason I asked the above question to begin with, should have a durability l... more

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    SQF Audit for Corrugated Sheet industry
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    Start now and tweek up when 8.0 comes out. Get certified under 8.0. The bulk of your work can be done now. Some companies starting now will get desk and cert audit done under 7.2 and then once th... more

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    ATP Sanitation Monitoring Products: Neogen, 3M, MVP feedback
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      I have had the opportunity to use MVP Lightning, Charm and 3M Biotrace.  I have not used Neogen but the current unit they have looks promising on paper.  Honestly, each unit we... more

Latest Articles

  • The FSVP is the Next FSMA Compliance Date
    by Simon - 22 March 2017 - 09:00 PM

    One of the new rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). For most importers of foods into the USA, the FDA has specified that the dat... more

  • How to Sample for Particles, Water, and Oil in Compressed Air
    by Simon - 10 October 2016 - 06:07 AM

    Air quality is mentioned throughout the SQF Code Edition 7.2, in which we are given the guideline: “compressed air used in the manufacturing process and in direct contact with food products, primar... more

  • 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

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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  • Allergen Management

      Taking Place: 31 March 2017 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Allergen labelling errors and allergen management issues causes the largest number of recalls in North America and the EU. The presentation will looks at the... more

  • 3 Requirements for Commitment to Food Safety

      Taking Place: 07 April 2017 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    You’re committed to food safety but there’s only so much you can do alone. Who takes the lead, when and where? What can you do to support and motivate your b... more

  • Overview of Statistical Process Control (SPC) for the Food Industry

      Taking Place: 21 April 2017 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Statistical process control (SPC) is a method to improve or achieve quality control in a manufacturing process. Support productivity and quality improvement... more

  • How to Prepare for an Unannounced Food Safety Audit

      Taking Place: 28 April 2017 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Industry and trade associations have been buzzing for months about how FDA and state food regulatory agencies will implement FSMA’s rules, particularly with... more

  • Validation of Cleaning Programs

      Taking Place: 05 May 2017 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Validation of Cleaning Programs is now a mandatory requirement under most GFSI food safety standards. Luckily, Safefood 360° has compiled everything you need... more

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Allergen labelling errors and allergen management issues causes the largest number of recalls in North America and the EU. The presentation will looks at the nature of the recalls and the components of the Food Safety Management System that may need attention or review to error proof the system and drive improvement in the nu... more

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Taking Place: 12 May 2017 - 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

This 4 hour webinar will demonstrate the practical use of tools for risk analyzing, root cause identification and problem solving in every day food safety. Through the webinar four practical tools are presented: SWOT analysis - is a simple but useful framework for analyzing your organization's strengths... more

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    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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