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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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    I have a question for a knife and cutting instrument control policy. Our consultant wrote our Foreign Material Contamination Program and this is the knife policy:   "Knives and cutti... more

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    Digital Magnet Pull Test Calibration
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    Do you have to include non-mandatory elements? SQF level 2
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    Probably a silly question as I'm sure this was covered in the "Implementing SQF" course but with the new standards I wanted to be sure. Are we required to include non-mandatory elements in the code... more

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    In hazard assessment are control measures only preventive?
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    Is air testing required in a modified atmosphere packaging food plant?
    klicketyklack - Today, 08:26 PM

    The production floor is maintained at 40 to 45 degrees. They have cooling units that run across the production floor. On a machine they run though a process takes place to extend shelf life where a... more

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    I think I bit off more than I can chew...
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    Thank you all for your responses and help. Even the vents! It feels so much better and possible to have a starting point that you provided and to know that it is attainable although I do not think... more

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    Digital Magnet Pull Test Calibration
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    Hi, are you looking for a gaussmeter calibration? If so, I use Cesco magnetics  www.cescomagnetics.com more

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    I think I bit off more than I can chew...
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    We had a friend in the industry recommend a consultant that we hired to do a GAP analysis. They will report back to the senior management and you the findings. Then start step by step fixing the th... more

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    Overview of SPC for the Food Industry
    Simon - Today, 07:45 PM

    Speaker Frank Schreurs has kindly sent over answers to some of the questions we did not have time to answer.     Tami Do you think a level 2 site should be using spc? SPC could be applie... 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

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  • 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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    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

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    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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    Label-related defects are the most common cause of product recalls, and also happen to be the most preventable. One of the more challenging inspections is wi... more

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Industry and trade associations have been buzzing for months about how FDA and state food regulatory agencies will implement FSMA’s rules, particularly with the new Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Preventive Controls rules effective in September of 2016. Some inspection activities may be truly different, but preventin... more

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    With the recent release of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements GFSI Guidance Document Version 7 I thought it would be a good time to follow up on one of my previous blogs – GFSI Chicken or BRC Egg…which came first? So, what are the changes? The previous GFSI Benchmarking Requirements GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition Version 6.4 was a single document with 4 parts: Part I: The Benchm... more

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