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BRC Packaging Standard Issue 5 Gap Analysis

Issue 5 of the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials was published July 2015 with the new set of requirements coming into force...

TACCP & VACCP Demystified!

One of my main lines of work at the moment is helping my manufacturing clients complete their TACCP/VACCP study. The understanding within the indus...

How Food Safety Agencies Protect Consumers with Food Labels

The main goal of food safety agencies worldwide is to protect consumers from food products that are potentially harmful to their health. For that r...

Product Withdrawal & Recall Survey

We asked the IFSQN members to share their experience with product recalls and withdrawals within their businesses. Below are the main findings alon...

ACET Global Consulting to Provide IFS Academy Training

ACET Global Consulting LLC, a US-based global food safety organization is now an IFS Academy training provider. ACET Global has personnel and allia...

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    Glad to be a part of the IFSQ Network!
    Parkz58 - Today, 04:59 PM

    Hello Everyone,   My name is Brian, and I've worked in Food Safety in one capacity or another for the past 5 years.  I am HACCP certified through SGS, and I am going to shortly pursue SQF... more

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    BRC V7 4.10.3.4 Basis of risk?
    DavidAR - Today, 03:33 PM

    I read a post regarding calibration of Metal detectors and x-ray equipment having searched for this clause (and charles if you read this post i agree the standard talks about validation not calibra... more

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    Glass, Brittle Plastic Requirement under FSSC 22000
    AmrikaB - Today, 11:31 AM

    Good morning:   Advice/ Guidance is required on the following:   Our company is a Glass manufacturing facility (bottles and jars), under the requirements for FSSC 22000, it is stated we s... more

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    Metal Detector Calibration
    jtang - Yesterday, 06:15 PM

    If we have a variety of products, for annual calibration, would it matter what product we choose for metal detector calibration?   Challenge studies have been done in the past and metal detect... more

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    Oven Temperature Verification
    qalearner - Yesterday, 05:14 PM

    Hello,    Does anyone have any experience with verifying the temperature reading that an oven has? We want to do some testing in the oven to see if we have hot/cold spots but are having d... more

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    BRC V7 4.10.3.4 Basis of risk?
    Charles.C - 23 minutes ago

    Hi David,   This is another BRC "You thought we'd never ask didn't you?"  type question. Minimum one more per every new version, sometimes >>1   It reminded me of the comment... more

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    Help Simplifying Existing HACCP Flow Chart
    Charles.C - 55 minutes ago

    Hi Buckeye,   The processs is clearly not exactly linear. Frankly i found the first upload incomprehensible. But that may partly be due to a lack of undersanding as to what the various process... more

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    How to Decrease Microbiological Count in Raw Pistachio?
    Charles.C - Today, 10:08 PM

    Hi MDG,   I’m a little unclear as to whether you personally are (1)  supplying/“arranging” a consignment of pistachios to an ice cream manufacturer (2) are the ice-cream processor yoursel... more

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    Dry Processing Operation Cleaning Schedule
    amppyr - Today, 09:09 PM

    Hi,   I worked in a food storage facility the stored finished product in finished packaging and repackaged product into secondary packaging. There was never any exposed product in the process,... more

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    Help Simplifying Existing HACCP Flow Chart
    BuckeyeQA - Today, 08:29 PM

    I spent a while last night dividing the process up into 3 parts. 1) MOST of our products fall under this category 2) "Special Step" products: Carrots/Potatoes that go through a peeler, Cabbage that... more

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  • BRC Packaging Standard Issue 5 Gap Analysis
    by Simon - Yesterday, 08:01 PM

    What is the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials?The BRC Global Standard for Packaging was originally published in 2001 to protect consumers and provide a common auditing and c... more

  • TACCP & VACCP Demystified!
    by Simon - 25 August 2015 - 06:39 PM

    TACCP is 'Threat Assessment & Critical Control Point'VACCP is 'Vulnerability Assessment & Critical Control Point'It's unclear how long the terms TACCP and VACCP have been around. The standa... more

  • How Food Safety Agencies Protect Consumers with Food Labels
    by Simon - 22 July 2015 - 07:59 PM

    One example is the United States where food producers sometimes can’t be quite sure whether their food product is subject to federal regulations, state laws, both, or if they are exempt altogether... more

  • Introducing the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard
    by bacon - 21 October 2014 - 07:32 PM

    Personally I have not dealt directly with the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard but, as seafood commodities are over 90% of globally traded foodstuffs and BAP is GFSI benchmarked, I felt it... more

  • Compressed Air - How Clean is Yours?
    by Trace Analytics - 21 July 2014 - 09:32 AM

    Understanding compressed air contaminantsISO 8573-1 identifies the major contaminants of compressed air that can affect the quality in a manufacturing environment where products or machine operatio... 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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    GFSI Chicken or BRC Egg…which came first? Tony-C's Blog

    Tony-C - May 05 2015 06:56 PM

    This month marks the 15th anniversary of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) which was launched in May 2000.According to Wikipedia: “The Global Food Safety Initiative is a business driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI provides a platform for collaboration between som... more

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