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Confessions of a Moron > Why did you hire me?

Posted fgjuadi on 04 March 2015 - 04:00 PM

Why did you even hire me?

I'm an expert. You pay me to give you input, and if you listen to me, you'll make better decisions. You hired me to evaluate the risks, give you potential solutions to minimize that risk, and monitor a program. Not to enforce it.

I understand you are a small family owned business. I know we're not going to be a fortune 500 comp...

Tony-C's Blog > Using Trend Analysis to Reduce Complaint levels

Posted Tony-C on 09 October 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 proc...

FurFarmandFork's Blog > Document control – make it less of a chore and more of an asset

Posted FurFarmandFork on 07 August 2018 - 05:28 PM

When I first arrived at my current role, I had come from a 19-person QA department with at least one or two people dedicated each to a portion of our program. Now I was a one-man crew, but the SQF code hadn’t changed. I had to reexamine my interpretation of the code to focus on the basic requirements and how I would be able to meet them with whatever...

FurFarmandFork's Blog > Making sense of the SQF code: so what the heck is a “register”?

Posted FurFarmandFork on 21 May 2018 - 07:15 PM

SQF has a lot of special definitions and language that can cause confusion for companies working to get newly certified. There are several mentions of “registers”, but the word register isn’t ever defined in the SQF glossary. The short answer is that a register is simply a list of all materials supporting that section of the code. But again, SQF leav...

Tony-C's Blog > The Prerequisite Qualities of a Food Safety Leader

Posted Tony-C on 08 March 2015 - 03:38 PM

I want to start this month's blog by telling you a short story about a Technical role I was approached about a few years back. The offer was quite tempting and it was a similar role to the one I was in so shouldn’t have been too challenging (I thought to myself). I asked for more details regarding the role and I received a detailed job description. As I r...

Tony-C's Blog > Decoding Food Safety Validation & Verification

Posted Tony-C on 21 January 2015 - 07:29 PM

This subject of validation and verification is right up there in the list of food safety areas which cause the most confusion among members and the variety and often conflicting definitions and requirements in food safety certification standards as to what should be validated, what should be verified and what should be done to meet the criteria for valida...

Tony-C's Blog > FSSC 22000 on the attack in the GFSI Quality game

Posted Tony-C on 20 November 2014 - 07:24 AM

Last month FSSC 22000 announced its intention to add a module for the certification of Food Quality Management Systems based on ISO 9001. Certification should be available in the New Year.

In the announcement FSSC 22000 stated:

‘The addition will give organizations the possibility to be FSSC 22000 audited and certified for Food Safety and Quality Manag...

Confessions of a Moron > My Mechanics are Superheros

Posted fgjuadi on 24 February 2015 - 03:25 PM

My mechanics are my factory super heroes.

When something is wrong, when I need a corrective action, they're always the ones to help.

When my pet died and I found a hair on my sweater, who stopped me when I'm sobbing in the hallway to see if I was okay?


When we evaluated the workstation and found poor ergonomic design, who fabricated a coo...

Tony-C's Blog > Emphasis on Integrity in BRC Version 7 Draft

Posted Tony-C on 01 June 2014 - 06:05 PM

BRC have issued a draft version 7 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety which has a strong emphasis on product and raw material integrity and authenticity, quite obviously a result of last year’s Horsemeat Scandal.

The scandal in which horsemeat was substituted for beef in a range of products caused uproar with the public particularly in the UK and...

MWidra's Blog > Using Tools from the Past

Posted MWidra on 25 February 2015 - 08:46 PM

So for the last 2 days I've been working on filling the gaps for attaining BRC certification. This will be an ongoing process for a little bit, I'm sure. What I have been doing is writing the documents, procedures, and finding the information that will be eventually be compiled into..

"The Tome"

In other words, the food safety and quality manual....

Confessions of a Moron > Can I tell my Sales guy to eat a bag of ****s, or should I capitulate to his whims?

Posted fgjuadi on 27 February 2015 - 03:07 PM

We are a family owned and operated business. We have a group of people who have been employed via family favors etc for decades, do not answer to a superior, and will never, ever be fired. They don't do their jobs and leave us scrambling at the last second with no reprimand or repercussions. They are also responsible for critical functions, which means wh...

Mr. Incognito's Blog > Paperwork: Why is it so hard for the operators to fill out correctly?

Posted Mr. Incognito on 26 January 2015 - 12:44 PM

So for 14 months, since I started at my position, I've had a very hard time getting our most important paperwork filled out correctly and completely. We discussed it over meetings, we changed documentation to make it easier, we talked with the operators many times about it and yet it never got better.

Documentation is something that is hard for quality...

Mr. Incognito's Blog > Welcome to my nightmare.

Posted Mr. Incognito on 26 January 2015 - 12:42 PM

Good morning (or whatever time you find my blog):

I had something I was going to post as a message but decided to start a blog.

This post is only the introductory message to my blog and has no real useful information in it. Look at it as a forward to the posts that are to follow.

If you see something in one of my blogs and have questions please feel f...

IFSQN Official Blog > Introducing the 'Food Safety Fridays' Webinar Series

Posted Simon on 22 December 2014 - 12:30 PM

The IFSQN are pleased to announce the launch of our new live weekly webinar series “Food Safety Fridays”.

Throughout 2015 we will be hosting 45 educational webinars; all of which will be Free-to-Attend with a Free Certificate of Attendance provided.

The first webinar is scheduled for Friday, January 09, 2015.

The webinar schedule is now available on th...

IFSQN Official Blog > The most ‘Out of Date’ food product you ate and survived?

Posted Simon on 11 December 2014 - 07:00 AM

A lot of discussion in the press this week about ‘food waste’ and the fact that unrealistically short ‘Best Before’ dates are used on products to frighten consumers into throwing things away that are perfectly safe and edible. You can understand food producers who want to cover their backsides and also make sure that you don’t have their product hanging a...

Tony-C's Blog > 2 Sisters Exposed in Chicken Cockup

Posted Tony-C on 22 August 2014 - 07:15 PM

Last month saw a UK broadsheet, The Guardian, alleged a ‘catalogue’ of hygiene failings in the UK poultry industry . The allegations of malpractice related to 2 Sisters’ plants in Llangefni, Anglesey, Wales, and Scunthorpe, and a farm and abattoir operated by Faccenda.

The newspaper claimed undercover footage, photographic evidence and information fro...

IFSQN Official Blog > New Basic Food Hygiene Training Course for Food Handlers

Posted Simon on 05 May 2014 - 05:54 PM

The IFSQN are pleased to announce the opening of our new training academy and the launch of our first training module Food Hygiene Training for Food Handlers. The course is fully online and suitable for new starter induction training or as a refresher for all staff as part of an ongoing food safety training program. 
You can read more about the trai...

Halal Food Manufacturing > The basics of Halal Food Manufacturing.

Posted Zeeshan on 11 April 2014 - 07:27 AM

Round the world people have many confusions over halal food manufacturing. Even Muslim manufacturer and consumers have contradictory views. Regardless of these confusions and contradiction there are some basics which must be considered by food manufacturer intended to comply with halal assurance requirements.

1- Knowledge of fundamental terms and definit...

ROCOL's Blog > What is ISO 21469 Certification and what does it mean for users of Food Grade Lubricant...

Posted Shaun Heys on 28 February 2013 - 09:01 AM

All machinery requires lubrication in order to keep it in good working condition. The manufacture of food, beverages and pharmaceuticals adds an extra level of complexity due to the strict food safety regulations that govern the industry. Food Grade Lubricants  must therefore be used in place of standard lubricants to facilitate the auditing requirements...

IFSQN Official Blog > Today's Free Webinar: Effective food safety management system auditing

Posted Simon on 16 May 2016 - 05:50 AM

Taking place:
Friday, July 01, 2016 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM UK Time
This is a 10.00 AM Eastern US Start Presenter:
David Rosenblatt, Director of Training and Veterinary Consultant, Sher Consulting and Training  Webinar Overview:
Some of the most notorious food safety tragedies happened at sites that had been audited by internal and externa...

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