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#1 Elsa524

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 07:32 PM

I am looking for some help in regards to properly creating groups of raw materials to do a complete vulnerability assessment.

 

Should meat be broken down into the specific species?

Are spices one category or how should it be broken down?

Is it supposed to be by vendor?

Is this only for food items or should the groups of raw materials include packaging materials as well?

How detailed does this need to be?

 

 

Is there a kind soul out there that could share an example?

 

 

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 02:05 AM

I am looking for some help in regards to properly creating groups of raw materials to do a complete vulnerability assessment.

 

Should meat be broken down into the specific species?

Are spices one category or how should it be broken down?

Is it supposed to be by vendor?

Is this only for food items or should the groups of raw materials include packaging materials as well?

How detailed does this need to be?

 

 

Is there a kind soul out there that could share an example?

 

 

Thank you to all the amazing IFSQN members, you are truly amazing!

 

:happydance:  :happydance:  :happydance:

 

Interesting challenge.

 

Can you supply a link to where USDA have now become so interested in Food Fraud ?

 

I am being cautious since VA may have a totally dfferent meaning in USA, ie defense-related.


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 09:00 PM

Hi: 

One good reference is the USP Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance, refer to page 1588.  There is a paragraph there that outlines some examples on how to group materials.  I've attached a download copy for you.

 

Just a point of clarification FSMA (USA)  simplified.

Food Fraud  or Economically Motivated Adulteration is part of the Preventive Controls Rule and Food Safety Plan

Food Defense is part of the Intentional Adulteration and Food Defense Plan

 

Hope this helps.

 

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 09:09 PM

Hi: 

One good reference is the USP Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance, refer to page 1588.  There is a paragraph there that outlines some examples on how to group materials.  I've attached a download copy for you.

 

Just a point of clarification FSMA (USA)  simplified.

Food Fraud  or Economically Motivated Adulteration is part of the Preventive Controls Rule and Food Safety Plan

Food Defense is part of the Intentional Adulteration and Food Defense Plan

 

Hope this helps.

 

KR, Kim

 

Hi Kim,

 

Thks above.

 

How about FSMA's use of the term "vulnerability assessment" ?


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 09:34 PM

Well, depends on the perspective you are conducting the assessment from....

 

For example, from a Food Fraud Perspective, its where you do an assessment to identify potential food fraud risks, i.e. looking at the material and the supplier/manufacturer.  Actually if read further into the USP guidance, it provides guidance how to do an assessment and points to consider in the assessment.  Included in the assessment is identifying gaps with your existing systems to prevent food fraud.  If gaps are identified, then mitigation strategies need to be identified and all of this is set-up in a documented mitigation plan which needs to be maintained and periodically reviewed.

 

In addition to USP, some references I found helpful

FSSC 22000 issued guidance on Food Fraud Mitigation  (April 10, 2018, Version 1, Number: 2171848)

Also, IFS (International Featured Standards) issued IFS Standards Product Fraud - Guidelines for Implementation

You might also find Food Fraud Institute (University of Michigan) helpful as well.  They have webinars as well as certification programs around food fraud.

 

The FDA has not at this point published any guidance on EMA/Food Fraud, as far as I'm aware.

 

Point of note:  both the FSSC 22000 and IFS references include questions/documentation for auditors which is helpful in preparation.

 

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 09:52 PM

Hi Kim,

 

Thks again.

 

I think FDA do  make specific reference to VA in respect to Food Defense. (= Forum currently posted in).

 

Hence the resulting  confusion to GFSI's VA which mostly governs the rest of the (FF) "crews". But this (FDA'a usage) originated, I think, long before FSMA was launched and GFSI promoted the FF issue.

 

However the OP's precise FS objective is unsure. (also see Post 2).


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