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Keys to a Safety Culture That Drives Revenue

Posted on Apr 24, 2023 9:00:00 AM

Competing priorities and deadlines are a part of any business, but it’s crucial to remember what matters most in any organization: its people. Plant management must not overlook the impact creating a strong safety culture has on business and revenue growth.

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Topics: Safety, Profitability, Culture

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

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

Planning for Compliance: Learning the Differences Between a HACCP and Food Safety Plan

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

Frequently, manufacturers in the industry use the terms “food safety plan” (FSP) and “HACCP plan” interchangeably. However, there are critical differences between these two concepts. Although both terms can support a robust approach to food safety in food and beverage companies, understanding the nuances of each program is essential to identifying best practices for ensuring compliance. Let’s take a close look into each type of plan and what they entail, along with key differences between the two. 

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, Food Safety

A Guide to Choosing Between GFSI Schemes

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

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