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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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    Can a bakery wooden block undergo ISPM-15 treatment?
    FS Pro - Today, 08:28 AM

    In our bakery area, we are using wooden block of (280cm x 100cm x 6 cm width) for good dough preparation. Can this wooden block be treated using ISPM-15 method? Also, please advise if ISPM-15 is li... more

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    HACCP for a Beef Jerky/Biltong Manufacturing Plant
    Fatoumah - Today, 08:08 AM

    Dear Team   Hope all is well. Can someone Please help me with a example of a HACCP Plan for a manufacturer of Beef Jerky/ Biltong. and also I am trying to do internal audits in the company, Ca... more

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    Expired Vendor Certification
    liberator - Yesterday, 09:33 PM

    We just had a BRC audit and have received a minor for not having current supplier quality certification on file. I manage the vendor and supplier approval process and as part of this process at the... more

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    Ending partnership with contractors
    rchare1 - Yesterday, 06:26 PM

    Any suggestions on how to formally document the termination of a contract manufacturer? I'm not talking about a termination agreement, as our Legal dept. will send that. I need to document in QA th... more

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    Transportation contracts for shipping direct food packaging
    DN_QAMGR - Yesterday, 04:04 PM

    Hi All,    Due to the limited size of my shipments, we use 100% LTL or contracted carriers. Our current procedures have satisfied BRC Certification audit, but there are clear weaknesses i... more

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    2.6.1 Product Identification
    ChristinaG - Today, 05:45 PM

    Thank you Christina! I wanted to make sure I wasn't over thinking this. Your response is very helpful!    Awesome! You're very welcome! I hope your SQF certification goes well, and do... more

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    2.6.1 Product Identification
    KateG - Today, 05:27 PM

    Thank you Christina! I wanted to make sure I wasn't over thinking this. Your response is very helpful!  more

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    Who signs the Food Safety Documents at your company?
    RTP - Today, 01:03 PM

    We are also BRC certified and all our policies are signed by the President of the company and other department heads where applicable. more

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    Expired Vendor Certification
    BrummyJim - Today, 08:06 AM

    Most audits take place a couple of (or even 3) months before the certificate expires. Our system flags up 3 months before expiration, so I wait a while before contacting the supplier. It works well... more

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    Ending partnership with contractors
    BrummyJim - Today, 08:00 AM

    We maintain a list of approved suppliers, with full details of what they are approved for, when they were last re-assessed, what level of certification they hold etc. It's an Excel spreadsheet, so... 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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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 been food supply chains, fuelled by the motivation to misrepresent agricultural produce for economic gain. Cases of fraud involving adulteration, substitution, and mislabel... 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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