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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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Behavioral Based Food Safety – An Alternative Training Methodology

Sep 19 2015 06:09 PM | Simon in Articles

Organizations spend a fortune on employee training.

Organizations spent an additional fortune on quality failure: customer complaints, loss of business, destruction of goods, retesting, repacking, reworking, returns, recall, etc. In most cases the loss is attributed to “the human factor”.

If both of the above paragraphs are true, then something very strange is going on in our workplaces. This article introduces an alternative to traditional training methods to which we have become accustomed to over the years: an effective and enjoyable alternative with measurable results.

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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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TACCP & VACCP Demystified!

Aug 25 2015 06:05 PM | Simon in Articles

One of my main lines of work at the moment is helping my manufacturing clients complete their TACCP/VACCP study. The understanding within the industry of what TACCP and VACCP is, is very confused right now. There have been many mixed messages on this subject and many conflicting explanations as to what TACCP and VACCP are and which should be applied to what situation. Within this short article I intend to clarify the subject.

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How Food Safety Agencies Protect Consumers with Food Labels

Jul 22 2015 07:30 PM | Simon in Articles

The main goal of food safety agencies worldwide is to protect consumers from food products that are potentially harmful to their health. For that reason the agencies constantly introduce new and review old regulations for proper food production and labeling. These laws differ from country to country, and even from region to region within one country.

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Introducing the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard

Oct 19 2014 07:23 PM | bacon in Articles

"We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting".
- Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997)

Indeed we have, as reported in the last FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture publication, wild captured seafood is maintaining an even level and seemed to have reached its limitations, however, aquaculture production has recently eclipsed wild captured seafood harvest levels.

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Compressed Air - How Clean is Yours?

Jul 20 2014 07:02 PM | Trace Analytics in Articles

Compressed air is used widely in the food industry in devices such as pneumatic valves, and in product handling and packaging systems. Often it is an integral component of Clean-in-Place (CIP) systems as a carrier of steam. It is important that compressed air systems function effectively. The purity of compressed air is vital for ensuring product and work surfaces in direct and indirect contact with the product, do not become contaminated.

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A Ten Step Guide to the BRC Food Safety Standard

Oct 24 2010 09:16 PM | Tony-C in Articles

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety publication has now become a leading global standard supported by major retailers throughout the world and adopted by over 8,000 food businesses in more than 80 countries. As management systems standards go it is a well organised document, written in clear language and reasonably user friendly. However, at 82 pages long it can overwhelm the newcomer and it easy for one to get lost in the plethora of requirements. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification standard requirements are described in great detail in 7 sections throughout the standard. Some of the requirements may not be appropriate to all organisations; however the standard does stipulate 10 fundamental requirements without which certification cannot be achieved.

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