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Global Food Regulatory Expert Shares Ways to Control Labeling Problems

Posted on Jan 5, 2023 7:08:10 AM

The number one reason for food-related recalls is due to product labeling mistakes. These mistakes are typically a result of the ever-changing food labeling regulations that continue to evolve and become more complex, forcing many manufacturers to quickly update their current operating practices. Without the proper checks in place, incorrect product information is being sent out. The risk of a label error goes beyond a recall - if not quickly detected, it could impact consumer health (for example, an undisclosed allergen), damaging your brand reputation.

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Topics: Compliance, fsma, Food&Beverage, food safety

Professional Tips to Address Pinch Points in Your Food Safety Plan

Posted on Dec 23, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Manufacturers are always at risk of recall because at any time, at any location along the supply chain, the FDA may sample a product for contamination.  Recall preparation involves more input and supply chain alignment than HACCP plans. This is mainly because recalls have elements that manufacturers cannot control, whereas HACCP plans run on their own if production is stable.

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Topics: Compliance, fsma, Food&Beverage, food safety

The FDA’s Final Food Traceability Rule

Posted on Dec 19, 2022 8:30:00 AM

In November, the FDA released the final Food Traceability Rule, detailing the requirements for record-keeping of foods on the Food Traceability List (FTL). The purpose of the Food Traceability Rule is to make it faster and easier for the FDA and other regulators to pinpoint locations in the supply chain where food contamination occurs. 

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Topics: Compliance, fsma, Food&Beverage, food safety

Navigating New PFAS Regulations: How to Prepare for What We Know

Posted on Oct 19, 2022 12:46:00 PM

During a FSMA presentation covering updates to PFAS regulations, the Director of Food Safety at the Acheson Group, Dr. Brent Kobielush, shared updates to PFAS regulations in an effort to equip attendees with the information needed to operate their companies proactively and feel prepared for the future.

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Topics: Compliance, fsma, Food&Beverage, food safety

FSMA Compliance for 2022: What The Pandemic Taught Us for Food Safety Compliance

Posted on Aug 4, 2022 11:25:48 AM

Quality and safety standards for the food and beverage manufacturing industry have been shifting as the world experienced unprecedented supply chain disruptions through the pandemic. From this disruption, the FDA and other regulatory bodies have adapted some compliance requirements to ensure a steady supply of safe and quality food while developing new regulations. It is crucial that manufacturers understand, prepare for, and implement policies to comply with these changing standards.

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Topics: Compliance, Quality, Audit

Supercharge Your Internal Audits for a Better ROI

Posted on Jul 21, 2022 2:36:14 PM

Most organizations understand the value of performing internal audits. The objective of auditing is to gain insights into your processes, help you maintain conformance, mitigate risks, and improve your operational excellence.

However, there are best practices you can incorporate into your audits to make them more effective, insightful, and useful to increase the likelihood of continual improvement.

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Topics: Compliance, Quality, Audit

5 Key Performance Indicators for Food Industry

Posted on Jul 13, 2022 12:24:00 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

Packaging Manufacturing Regulations: Compliance, Science, and Change

Posted on May 25, 2022 5:32:20 PM

Packaging manufacturers are faced with the challenge of balancing regulations, available materials, cost, and function to demand. This article will discuss packaging manufacturing regulations, the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, and FDA compliance to shed light on the many regulations that dictate the packaging industry. 

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Topics: Compliance

Traceability: FSMA 204 vs. The Produce Industry

Posted on Apr 18, 2022 12:35:21 PM

Traceability is a tool, and as such, it is not an answer or the solution; it’s a means of getting there. Companies often state that they wish to have greater traceability. It is crucial that companies identify what they hope to achieve with traceability because understanding the goal can guide them in how best to use traceability. As a tool, traceability can be an effective marketing technique or a way to authenticate a product. Companies can also use traceability to increase supply chain efficiency or facilitate simpler and easier recalls. Many companies are examining traceability as a way to improve in all of these areas. The technology exists to support all of these goals, but it is helpful for companies to clarify the goals first before attempting to implement traceability. 

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Topics: Compliance, fsma, Food&Beverage, food safety

How to Identify Causes of Variation in Statistical Process Control

Posted on Mar 31, 2022 11:32:45 AM

Statistical Process Control (SPC) is an industry-standard procedure that utilizes statistical techniques during the manufacturing process. Managers using SPC can access quality data during manufacturing in real-time and plot data on a graph with predetermined control limits. The capacity of the process determines control limits, and the client’s needs determine specification limits. By implementing SPC, manufacturers use quality data to record and predict deviations in the production environment. Data are plotted on a graph, incorporating factors like control limits (natural process limits) and specification limits (requirements determined by the corporate). When recorded data falls within control limits, it indicates everything is operating correctly.

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Topics: Compliance, Food&Beverage, SPC

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