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FSMA Fridays Recap: Nutritional Labeling Requirements – Revisions and Changes

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 10:46:00 AM

For our June 2018 session, Eric Edmunds, Food Safety Director with The Acheson Group, joined SafetyChain to provide an overview of revisions and changes to Nutritional Labeling requirements.

In recent FSMA news, the FDA has just released a new guidance regarding the supply chain under the animal food preventive controls rule. It is similar to the guidance for human food and covers what a supply chain program compliant with the animal food rules should include, such as appropriate verification activities and auditing best practices.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety

Top 10 Industry Articles on Food Quality & Safety – June 2018

Posted on Jul 2, 2018 7:17:00 AM

 

Our favorite articles and blog posts on food quality and safety from June!

We follow food industry trends and news each month to bring you insights from thought leaders in food safety and quality. These are our favorite blog posts and articles from around the web from last month. 

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Does Your Facility Need a GFSI Reporting Tool?

Posted on Jun 29, 2018 10:26:00 AM

Becoming certified in a GFSI scheme helps food and beverage companies stay competitive by demonstrating commitment to industry best practices. It also allows for better control over food safety, and in some cases, quality, outcomes. Whether your company has been GFSI certified for years or you’ve just begun considering certification in a scheme, you may be exploring options to help your facility manage GFSI requirements. A GFSI reporting tool could be the answer.

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Topics: Analytics, Compliance, GFSI, Audit

What is Food Quality SPC?

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 7:38:00 AM

Food quality SPC (statistical process control) is a means of measuring and controlling quality outcomes during food manufacturing or processing. According to the American Society for Quality (ASQ.org), the practice was developed in the early 1920s by Walter Shewhart to record data and help manufacturing companies observe unusual events versus typical process performance. Here, we take a look at how these practices continue to deliver value for food and beverage companies today.

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Topics: Analytics, Compliance, Quality

What’s Missing in Your Food Allergen Control Program?

Posted on Jun 27, 2018 1:01:00 PM

Food allergies are on the rise, with the prevalence of food allergies nearly doubling in recent decades. As a result, the FDA has increased the pressure on food manufacturing and processing companies to control allergens.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, Audit

3 Steps to Using BRC Compliance Analytics

Posted on Jun 26, 2018 7:17:00 AM

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) was established in 1996 to harmonize food safety standards across the supply chain. While it is most popular in Europe, it remains the largest GFSI manufacturing scheme in the world. It’s therefore no surprise that companies all over the globe have pursued BRC certification. Yet, while becoming certified has its benefits, BRC compliance also requires an investment of time and effort. To minimize the resources needed, companies are implementing BRC compliance analytics.

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Topics: Analytics, Compliance, GFSI, Safety

5 KPIs to Measure with Food Manufacturing Analytics

Posted on Jun 25, 2018 12:52:01 PM

Each food and beverage facility is different, with its own unique set of food safety and customer requirements to satisfy. With that said, there are many key performance indicators (KPIs) shared across the industry which are used to measure success.

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Topics: Analytics, Compliance, Quality

Preventive Controls Qualified Individual: How To Qualify

Posted on Jun 21, 2018 2:57:00 PM

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food and beverage facilities regulated by the FDA are responsible for having at least one Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). This regulation is specifically required under the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation, which was published in September of 2015. To qualify for PCQI management, the individual must have completed required training, have the job experience, possess education, and/or have completed an FDA-recognized course. Here, we take a closer look at what it means to be a PCQI to help you ensure your facility is fully compliant.

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A Brief Guide to Food Allergen Preventive Controls

Posted on Jun 20, 2018 6:59:00 AM

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has made a significant impact on how food and beverage companies approach allergens. While food allergen preventive controls were once considered best practice, FDA-regulated facilities are now required by law to have good manufacturing practices (GMPs) in place to minimize risks of allergens. Allergens within FMSA still align with the HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls) framework, but there are also some changes that have taken effect under the new food safety laws.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety

A Look into Sanitation Preventive Controls

Posted on Jun 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Under FSMA, the FDA requires affected facilities to have certain sanitation preventive controls in place. Specifically, these controls pertain to companies covered by the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, which requires cleaning procedures to prevent microbiological contamination from the environment or food contact surfaces, as well as cross-contamination from raw products, personnel, and allergens.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, Audit

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