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Top 5 HACCP non-conformities – and how to fix them

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 16 January 2020 - * * * * * · 821 views

Top 5 HACCP non-conformities – and how to fix them Why is the HACCP plan the food safety system for excellence?  For at least 50 years, HACCP has been the main protocol proven to adequately manage and understand food safety. When a recall or an intoxication happens, most of the times the root cause analysis was due to poor prerequisites implementation, rather than to an inadequate HACCP design. ...


A recent case of deadly Listeria outbreak in Spain

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 25 November 2019 - * * * * * · 1,562 views
listeria monocytogenes
A recent case of deadly Listeria outbreak in Spain For those of you who do not live in Spain here is the background. In August this year, Spain had a Listeria monocytogenes recall in thermal treated pork meat. This outbreak resulted in at least 3 pregnant women had to abort, at least two elderly people died, and more than 250 people were hospitalized. The product that they had consumed was a refrigerated...


The double food safety standard in organic food production

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 16 September 2019 - - - - - - · 1,970 views
organic food, organic food safety
The double food safety standard in organic food production Most people would agree that electric cars are more environmentally-friendly than normal cars, but what if suddenly the traffic-lights didn’t apply for electric cars and they didn’t have to stop when the light turns red? Would people be comfortable driving in the traffic then? As a food safety auditor with more than 20 years in the industry, this is...


5 Reasons Why Your Customer Complaint Program May Not be Working for You

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 12 September 2019 - - - - - - · 2,581 views
Customer complaints, complaint
5 Reasons Why Your Customer Complaint Program May Not be Working for You Why are customer complaint programs so essential in today’s food industry? While it is always better to catch and prevent hazards in-house than to deal with customer backlash later (or even find yourself sorting out a recall), most food professionals find that complaints are unavoidable. Whether your “customer” is the actual consumer or a client company,...


Top 5 Things for a Successful Audit by a Food Safety Auditor

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 25 July 2019 - * * * * * · 3,486 views
food safety, audit
Top 5 Things for a Successful Audit by a Food Safety Auditor I work as a food safety auditor since more than 20 years. I started my career in Latin-America, and for the last 10 years I work in Europe. I have a scientific background with a PhD in Chemistry and over the years I worked with most standards and categories in the food industry. As a reader of IFSQN you are probably an auditee which means that you are on...


The Most Important Food Safety Document

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 11 July 2019 - * * * * * · 3,542 views
Food Safety Plan, FSP, FSMA and 1 more...
The Most Important Food Safety Document As a consultant, I am often asked “what is the most important document I need to have?” Some will say “they are all important”, some will say “HACCP, is the most important”. I could argue that the Food Safety Plan (FSP) is now your most important document for any Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification. The FSP or in some cases “The Human Rule”...


Traceability: What’s Now, What’s Next, and What You Need to Know

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 30 June 2019 - - - - - - · 5,077 views
traceability
Traceability: What’s Now, What’s Next, and What You Need to Know As countries all over the world are pushing for stricter regulations on food products and food systems are becoming increasingly globalized, a noticeable trend has come to the forefront of new criteria for auditing. As many in the industry have noticed, food safety auditors are asking facilities to perform progressively more demanding traceability drills....


The most ‘Out of Date’ food product you ate and survived?

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 11 December 2014 - * * * * * · 6,021 views
out of date, expired, food and 1 more...
The most ‘Out of Date’ food product you ate and survived? 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...


Why won’t they wear their hairnets properly?

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 10 October 2013 - * * * * - · 7,862 views

Because it’s complicated.

Well we could stop there, but let’s try and take a serious look.

In management circles “Culture” is an often mentioned word, but it’s not easy to put a finger on what exactly it is. As an auditor I can walk into a factory and determine within a few short minutes whether it has a good, bad or an ugly culture? You can see it, hea...


The Ultimate Corrective Action!

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 24 September 2010 - - - - - - · 2,406 views

Food Safety is important, that goes without saying, but is it a matter of life and death?

In a worst case scenario it can be for those who are made seriously ill after consuming contaminated food or drink, but what about those who cause illness and death with their products - what should be their punishment?

Well according to the newswires this week Chi...





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