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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...

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...

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    Raw Material Traceability solution
    daveh11 - 38 minutes ago

    HI Everyone   I am looking for any advice as to how we may manage Raw Material traceability requirements in ISO22000, in relation to the following scenario. We are a Paper Mill in the UK manuf... more

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    SOP's - examples needed.
    RTP - Yesterday, 10:58 PM

    Hello all,   Could anyone please attach SOP's so I could use them as a reference guide, our production department is in the process of writing SOP's I would like to have something good to refe... more

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    color coded brush program
    Painterchick - Yesterday, 08:07 PM

    What is the convention for color coding cleaning brushes?  The convention I found is:  raw product Red; pasteurized product White; environment Yellow; drains Black Can we use black brushe... more

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    SQF Level 2 audit begins on 2/7/17!
    idealdreams - Yesterday, 08:03 PM

    Howdy guys! I am a Quality and Food Safety Manager for a small snack manufacturing company that has had the goal of SQF certification in their sights for several years now. I came on board in 2014... more

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    BRC S&D Issue 3 - Vehicle Temperature Controls
    babsbesafe123 - Yesterday, 04:16 PM

    I'm searching for a practical solution to the revised clause 5.4.2 which originally read:   Automatic temperature and time recording equipment shall be used to monitor and record the temperatu... more

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    Control of Blades - Non conformances
    Rosemary4 - 29 minutes ago

    We do a combination of the suggestions above. Each knife has the employee number or unique reference on it which is documented on a QC Knife Owners list. We leave one new blade in a knife and this... more

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    GFSI Certification Process, not a pleasant experience
    SQFconsultant - 38 minutes ago

    I am confused, you "love consultants" aren't you a consultant? YES! I am a consultant and head up our company, but there are certain areas we don't cover, for instance labeling and for that we s... more

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    SQF Secondary Practitioner
    SQFconsultant - 47 minutes ago

    You as the backup are required to be the same as the primary. Major boo boo to not be HACCP trained. The implementation course offered by SQFI is nice, however no longer a requirement... a complet... more

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    Environmental Monitoring Program
    SQFconsultant - 57 minutes ago

    Hi Glenn, 3 months seems highly infrequent. Surely it depends on the target/zone/RA also ? It is not the interval, the question was... was 3 months the minimum look back for auditors and the answ... more

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    SOP's - examples needed.
    Nette - Today, 07:03 AM

    Hand Washing       PURPOSE:  To prevent foodborne illness by contaminated hands.     SCOPE:  This procedure applies to anyone who handles, prepares, and serves f... more

Latest Articles

  • 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

  • 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

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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    Food manufacturers have been looking for 'Cultural Excellence' for a number of years now, with interest growing from large manufacturers through to retailers... more

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      Taking Place: 03 February 2017 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Food fraud is a collective term used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingred... more

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    This webinar will cover specific and practical knowledge on how to define clear goals for your company. Especially this webinar will give you inputs on defi... more

  • Want to Validate Your Metal Detector, Now What

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    Validation is a requirement for any food safety program yet guidance as to how to validate is difficult to find particularly when it comes to validating meta... more

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This webinar will enable participants to develop practical knowledge of the principles of internal auditing enabling them to participate as part of your internal audit team. The webinar provides instruction on how to implement an Internal Audit system and how to prepare, conduct and report on an internal a... 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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