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Preparing for Intentional Adulteration Inspections & Quick Checks on Your Written FSMA Food Defense Plan

Posted on May 24, 2021 4:40:38 PM

There was a time during the 1940s when working in the food industry was considered a “war job.” It was said that food was the mightiest weapon of them all. Eight decades later, that phrasing still holds. Yet, while it once referred to the power of keeping troops fed, the message is reversed: Food can also be the mightiest weapon of them all when used against us. The intention of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Intentional Adulteration Rule from the FDA is to prevent the mass harm that can be caused by contaminating the U.S. food supply.

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Topics: Safety, Quality, fsma

Don't Get 483'd for Your FSVP: A Guide to FSMA Compliance for Importers

Posted on Apr 26, 2021 12:47:35 PM

With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in place for more than a decade, the FDA has focused more heavily on regulation rather than education for FSMA rules. One rule in particular, which generated more than 550 Form 483s (issued when FDA inspectors observe violations) in 2020, is the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Rule.

Here, we'll provide a refresher of the FSVP Rule and review some of the main reasons for receiving a 483 so that you maintain compliance and stay audit-ready.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, fsma, Food&Beverage

A Guide to the New FDA Traceability Requirements

Posted on Nov 4, 2020 2:35:57 PM

In late September 2020, the FDA unveiled the FSMA Proposed Rule for Food Traceability, a 55-page document that aims to standardize traceability practices for foods deemed to be high-risk. While the proposed rule is rather long, we’ve identified some key points for food, beverage, and CPG facilities to note.

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Topics: fsma

FSMA Friday Updates from June 2019

Posted on Jul 7, 2019 9:09:00 AM

The month of June, 2019 was busy for the FDA, as many implementation dates for requirements have come and passed or are soon approaching. As such, the FDA has issued a number of guidance documents and made a few other key developments to prepare the industry for FSMA-related changes. Below are a few of the most noteworthy updates from last month.

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Topics: Compliance, fsma

SafetyChain Answers the FDA’s Call For a New Era of Food Safety

Posted on May 3, 2019 3:28:10 PM

This week, the FDA issued a statement calling for “a new era of smarter food safety” detailing how technology will play a key role in supporting the safe food initiatives set forth by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Issued by Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas, the statement could not have come at a more appropriate time.

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Topics: Safety, fsma

FSMA Updates from March 2019

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 2:48:53 PM

March was a busy month for the FDA, and the agency revealed a few key changes which may impact your facility as well as the food and beverage industry overall. Below is a brief overview of the most noteworthy March 2019 FSMA updates to bear in mind as we move through the second quarter of the year and beyond.

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Topics: Safety, fsma

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