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FSMA, HACCP, and Your Compressed Air System

May 17 2018 07:57 PM | Simon in Articles

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) represents a significant shift in the approach to managing food-borne illness. According to the CDC, approximately 48 million people are affected by foodborne illness every year, leading to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3000 deaths. This represents a largely preventable public health burden. The FSMA addresses this by shifting the focus from one of reaction and response to one of prevention. The new rules created under this mandate apply to manufacturers and packagers of food and beverage for human consumption, as well as manufacturers of animal feeds.

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Achieving FSMA Compliance with BRC Certification

Aug 15 2016 06:48 PM | Tony-C in Articles

To assist all BRC Food certificated sites BRC Global Standards commissioned The Acheson Group (TAG) to assess the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 against the final rule for Preventative Controls for Human Food. The results of the analysis show that certification to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 is almost in complete alignment with the expectations in FSMA. Source: BRC website.

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

Sep 30 2016 06:26 PM | Simon in Articles

Many in the food manufacturing business are wondering exactly how to go about complying with the requirements for routine monitoring of compressed air. SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 and PrimusGFS schemes require monitoring but do not establish purity limits, nor do they provide guidance on how to accomplish this requirement.

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The FSVP is the Next FSMA Compliance Date

Mar 22 2017 07:54 PM | Simon in Articles

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 date they will begin inspecting importers to ensure they are in compliance with the FSVP will be 30th May, 2017. That effectively makes the FSVP the next big milestone of the total FSMA suite of rules.

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Comparing FSSC 22000 against FSMA Preventive Controls Rules

Aug 09 2016 06:16 PM | Tony-C in Articles

A recent comparison of the FSSC 22000 Certification scheme against the FSMA Final Preventive Controls (PC) Rule for Human Food concluded that there is alignment between FSSC 22000 and the PC rule and that where the FSSC 22000 scheme requirements are not exceeding those of the PC rule they are in very large measure comparable.

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Adding Value to an Internal Audit System

Jun 06 2016 05:27 AM | Tony-C in Articles

Internal auditing is included in Food Safety Management Requirements of the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition Version 6.4 and as such is a compulsory element of GFSI benchmarked standards including BRC, SQF, IFS and FSSC 22000. Whilst at first the aim of your internal auditing system may be to confirm that your food safety management system is effective in meeting customer statutory and regulatory requirements, an effectively implemented and managed internal audit system can add significantly more value to your business.


Internal auditing is not just about identifying compliance and non-compliance, by taking a proactive approach your internal auditors can contribute to the performance of your business by identifying areas for improvement.


We’ll come back to this later but first let’s go through some relevant information regarding internal audit systems in the food industry.

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The Solution to a Combined HACCP & HARPC System!

Jun 01 2016 05:59 PM | Simon in Articles

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 differences between the two systems and so, if you’re trying to comply to both, it’s really important that you understand what those differences are.


More than that, there is one fundamental contradiction in the two systems, that if not addressed prior to setting off down the food safety path, may just trip you up!


I believe the publication of the FDAs Food Safety Modernization Act and the requirement for a risk-based preventive control plan (HARPC), is going to turn the world of HACCP on its head.


Although HACCP is well-established and the recognized way of carrying out food safety risk assessment, the NACMCF and Codex Alimentarius principles will need to make way for the new preventive control rule.


Even with the introduction of HARPC, food facilities will continue to be required to adhere to HACCP principles by their local law, by their customers and in order to meet standards such as those recognized by the GFSI.

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The Major Contaminants in Compressed Air

Mar 16 2016 08:00 PM | Simon in Articles

The quality of compressed air used in the food industry has come under the microscope recently. As the awareness grows of the critical nature that compressed air plays in the quality of products, several organizations have addressed the growing realization.

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BRC Packaging Standard Issue 5 Gap Analysis

Sep 01 2015 08:08 PM | Simon in Articles

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 on January 1, 2016. To prepare for the changes the IFSQN have conducted an initial gap analysis of Issue 5 against issue 4 requirements HIGH HYGIENE CATEGORY highlighting the new requirements and key changes.

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