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#1 dan

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:58 PM

Does any know of a low/no cost provider of information that would satisfy element 4.4.1.2 which states:

The methods and responsibility for ensuring the organization is kept informed of changes to relevant legislation, scientific and technical developements and relevant industry codes of practice shall be documented and implenmented?

Any insights are greatly appreciated.



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Posted 08 December 2010 - 05:33 PM

Dear Dan,

Presume you checked the SQF guidance text already ?

I’m not a user of SQF and it may depend on yr own product / situation /SQF but in other contexts hv used –

(a)employing company is (or becomes) affiliated to a representative local organisation, eg farmers, fruiterers, seafood whatever. The connection often already exists IMEX and such bodies invariably hv an “information distribution” unit whose output should answer yr needs. But does usually involve some money of course.

(b)Create a defined self-procedure. No cost involved, eg (i) Scan Chem.Abs. every month at local library for XXXX, or (ii) even less effort – Scan via Google/ whatever the internet for topics such as YYYYY or (iii) still free and even more impressive - Scan the website(s) ZZZZZ using their “search / current developments” option.

©same as (b) but have some other designated person / group do it / document it. :smile: Should be easy if you work at NASA.

(d)Create a form to demonstrate performance, monthly if you are keen and it’s necessary or an appropriate annual review / compilation if it’s not.

No doubt other methods are in use also?. Some of them may even be genuine. :smile:

BTW – Welcome to the forum! :welcome:

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:19 PM

There's no need to spend money on this one. Define in writing who is responsible then list how it is done. You can indicate membership in a trade association. You can sign up for free updates on important food safety information from FSIS or FDA websites regarding regulatory updates or recalls. You can indicate you have a subsription to a trade magazaine ...and in fact...you can list this web site because here you can keep up with such changes.


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Posted 08 December 2010 - 08:57 PM

I can empathise with Dan; we all suffer from information overload especially on the internet which can make it difficult to filter and decipher what is fact and what is current. As Cathy says this place is a source of information that can be referenced. You will find a lot of facts here and also some posts by me. :whistle:


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Posted 09 December 2010 - 01:30 PM

Thank you for your replies. All good information. I must admit that, sometimes, in the midst of all the information that is available, I sometimes overlook the obvious. You have all set me back on path.



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Posted 11 December 2010 - 01:59 PM

Here's an example of a good reason so stay current...this news came out on the 8th...



As of December 10, 2010, the former FDA 24-hour emergency number, 301-443-1240, will be disconnected. The new numbers for the Office of Emergency Operations will be 1-866-300-4374 or 301-796-8240.





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