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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

How to Ensure Food Safety with Remote Audits During COVID-19 and Beyond

Posted on Apr 7, 2021 12:06:17 PM

 

In uncertain times, it’s important for Food & Beverage companies to reassure their customers that food and safety standard are being met consistently. Yet, COVID-19 has introduced unique challenges for undergoing and performing audits, from social distancing to risks associated with travel. Unfortunately, waiting until the threat of the virus is completely gone to have an audit performed could cause your certification to lapse, which could risk the loss of important customers.

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Topics: Safety, Productivity, Audit

A Guide to HACCP Software & How It Works

Posted on Dec 28, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Food and beverage facilities have an obligation to create safe products for consumers. Not only is this critical for maintaining compliance, but it’s also essential to promoting a strong brand reputation and, most importantly, supporting public health. There are many approaches companies can use to maintain safety throughout every aspect of manufacturing and the supply chain as a whole, one of the most common of which is HACCP. Discover what this systematic approach entails here, along with the ways in which technology can streamline your HACCP program.

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Topics: Safety

A Guide to SQF Software for 2021

Posted on Dec 1, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Safe Quality Food (SQF) software is used by food and beverage companies to help satisfy the requirements set forth by the Safe Food Quality Institute (SFQI). It can be used to help ensure applicable program requirements are being met on an ongoing basis. Here, we take a closer look to help you determine whether SQF software is right for your company.

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Topics: Safety, Quality

How is a Food Safety Plan Different from a HACCP Plan?

Posted on Sep 25, 2020 2:23:00 PM

Oftentimes, the terms “food safety plan” (FSP) and “HACCP plan” are used interchangeably. Yet, there are critical differences among these two concepts. Although both can support a robust approach to food safety in food and beverage companies, understanding the nuances of each program is essential to ensuring compliance. Here, we offer a close look into each type of plan and what they entail, along with key differences between the two.

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Topics: Safety

A Guide to Choosing Between GFSI Schemes in 2021

Posted on Sep 23, 2020 3:36:00 PM

What Is GFSI?

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an organization whose purpose is to enforce food safety through internationally-recognized benchmarked standards. Becoming GFSI certified helps food manufacturers and processors stay competitive, produce safer products, and improve performance in a number of key areas. If your company is considering certification in one of the GFSI schemes, this guide will help you determine which option is best for your needs.

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Topics: GFSI, Supply Chain, Safety, Quality

A Checklist for Becoming SQF Certified

Posted on Sep 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Becoming SQF certified offers several advantages for food and beverage companies. Like other Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes, SQF certification helps facilities improve performance, promote safer products and operations, and optimize their resources. While there are several steps involved with becoming SQF certified, these advantages far outweigh the time and effort. Here’s what you should know about the certification.

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Topics: Safety, Quality

What the FDA’s New Era of Food Safety Blueprint Means for Your Facility

Posted on Jul 17, 2020 9:37:54 AM

In July of 2020, the FDA released “The New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint” with the goal of creating a safer, more transparent food system. This new approach to food safety comes on the heels of the COVID-19 crisis and at the cusp of what the FDA calls “a food revolution,” as production methods are evolving and manufacturers are embracing digitalization. It calls for a heavier reliance on technologies to modernize, enforce traceability, and drive efficiency across the industry. The push also encourages food and beverage companies to not only leverage digital solutions, but to weave them into their culture as a means of keeping the American food supply safe.

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Topics: Safety, Technology

Top 10 Industry Articles on Food Safety & Quality – January 2020

Posted on Jan 8, 2020 12:21:46 PM

 

Check Out Our Favorite Articles on Food Quality and Safety from January 2020!

Each month, we follow the latest trends and news in food safety and quality to bring you insights and updates from thought leaders in the food and beverage industry. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite articles and blog posts from around the web in January 2020.

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Topics: Safety, Quality

Top 10 Industry Articles on Food Safety & Quality – December 2019

Posted on Dec 2, 2019 10:20:13 AM

 

Check Out Our Favorite Articles on Food Quality and Safety from December 2019!

Each month, we follow the latest trends and news in food safety and quality to bring you insights and updates from thought leaders in the food and beverage industry. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite articles and blog posts from around the web in December 2019.

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Topics: Safety, Quality

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