Written by Thomas Jones, Senior Director of Analytical Services and Pam Cooper, Quality Assurance Manager for Safe Food Alliance Detention; a word associated with childhood pranks, the principal’s office, guilt, and remorse. In a similar fashion, receiving notice from the United States (US) government that your facility’s products have been detained can also trigger those
In my role, I routinely work with facilities pursuing a third-party food safety certification audit for the first time. After four years of assisting and educating people about the audit process, I have noticed that you can recognize early on whether a company’s pursuit is focused more on obtaining the necessary certificate or in ensuring
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by the United States Congress in 2011. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is mandated to implement the FSMA new food safety regulations.The essence of FSMA proposed rules is prevention; i.e., a shift from a reactive to a protective and preventative approach. With the globalization
The Produce Safety rule, which is part of a larger set of food safety regulations recently issued by the U.S. FDA, applies to growers of produce within the U.S. This includes both traditional “fresh produce”, as well as tree nuts and dried fruit among other items. The full title of this regulation is “Standards for
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a systematic approach to hazard identification, assessment of risk, and control. It is used by many facilities in the food industry to ensure that all food that is consumed is safe to eat.HACCP originated in the 1960’s, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Pillsbury
The importance of an effective food safety system cannot be overstated. According to a study conducted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), food recalls cost companies an average of $10 million per incident. That is why Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles are so important. They create the
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