Writing Corrective Actions for Your Food Safety Audit

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It isn’t often that issues of food safety go viral on social media, but in early July the stomachs of the nation collectively turned after learning about the #IceCreamChallenge. Understanding The Challenge The challenge started when a teenage girl near San Antonio posted a video to Twitter. In the video, she opened a carton of
Safe Food Alliance would like to give a heartfelt congratulations to Blue Diamond Growers -Salida for becoming the 2019 Pinnacle Club “Plant of the Year”! Thank you for your unwavering commitment to providing safe food for consumers around the world. The “Plant of the Year” facility goes above and beyond in implementing best food safety
 The INC International Nut and Dried Fruit Council has elected Australian Mr. Michael Waring, Chairman for the next four years. Waring succeeds Mr. Mark Mariani, Executive Chairman of Mariani Packing Company, who has recently completed his four years of service as Chair of INC Board of Trustees.  As is customary, the appointment was made official
Written by Katie Edwards With the busy season for Central Valley agriculture just around the corner, it’s essential to keep in mind some key concepts to help you keep your food safety plan in check. Hullers and dryers, dehydrators, storage facilities, packing, and processing facilities must be ready to receive, handle, and process upcoming crops
Blockchain Fundamentals The easiest way to understand blockchain technology is to think of it as an electronic notary. A notary protects the integrity of a document by verifying the signer’s identity, making sure they aren’t being forced to sign under duress or intimidation and making sure they’re aware of the contents of the document or
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The need for a third party or contract laboratory is almost a must in today’s marketplace. The word laboratory, first used in the 1600’s, comes from the Latin laboratorium, aplace that is set apart for scientific experiments, a place for labor and work. Today, we continue to see laboratories as scientific epicenters, only with much
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Written by Anila Mehmood As of April 2019, routine Produce Safety Rule inspections started on large farms, by CDFA if you are in California. Are you Ready? Before inspections began, On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) were being conducted to make sure that each farm was ready for their inspection. The data shows that while 9 %

Announcement for all BRC Clients

BRCGS has issued a new clause regarding Food Safety Culture Clause 1.1.2  This new clause Define and maintain a clear plan for the development and continuing improvement of food safety culture.  In summary, the clause requires sites to: Define and maintain a clear plan for the development and continuing improvement of food safety culture. This plan
Draft Concept Note from the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations On 7 June 2019, the world will celebrate the first ever World Food Safety Day, an international observance proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2018. The celebration is a unique opportunity to draw attention and inspire action to
In honor of the first inaugural World Food Safety Day, we wanted to reflect on the current challenges facing the food safety industry and a couple of things that make us optimistic for the future
By: Joseph Nicholl When submitting a sample for testing which option should you choose: Listeria spp. or Listeria monocytogenes? That is a good question. One is very broad (Listeria spp.) and will give you a lot of information about the bacteria in the genera and the other is specific (L. monocytogenes) one species in the
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By Abbie Llanes You have just been audited, by a customer or by a third-party, and are now facing a Corrective Action Request (CAR). What is a Corrective Action Request? What do you do? Your first instinct should be to ask why. Why? Exactly! When you understand what caused the problems, you can create long-term
Let’s face it, all of our food comes from farms. When it comes to plant-based food there’s always a grower (or many growers!) involved.  Here at Safe Food Alliance, we work to, help growers implement processes to ensure compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety rule (FSMA is the FDA’s “Food Safety Modernization Act”). Many of
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Almond Board 5/8 CASP In the Orchard Workshop – Integrated Pest Management – Madera – View agenda here. RSVP to Ann Friedrich at afriedrich@almondboard.com For more information: Ashley Correia – (209) 672-7382 5/13 Strategic Ag Innovation Committee Meeting For more information, contact Debye Hunter at (209) 343-3230 or dhunter@almondboard.com. 5/14 Navigating the Waters – World
The FDA has issued an announcement regarding the timing of facility inspections for the last of the FSMA rules that many companies in the food supply chain will have to comply with. This announcement affects both food processors and storage facilities such as warehousing operations. The first compliance date, for the largest companies, is in July

Letter from the President / CEO

Dear Safe Food Alliance Family, Thank you for your support in joining us in the beautiful city of Monterey from April 1 -4 for the 2019 Safe Food California conference. We welcomed over 400 industry professionals to our annual event composed of more than 25 sessions, certification courses, academy courses, panel discussions and networking events
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Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors! Safe Food California could not take place without your support and dedication to food safety and the food industry. This conference acts as a pedestal for new learning, innovative ideas, and business growth. We look forward to working with you for many years to come on our
On March 5th, 2019, the FDA announced the release of an additional FSMA draft guidance – this time related to its Intentional Adulteration rule. Processors need to be paying attention. This year the food industry will see the first compliance dates pass for this rule, the last of the seven FSMA rules issued by the
The FDA has announced that an additional 2 year extension has been made final to the Produce Safety Rule. This extension is good news for the grower community. For those familiar with the FDA’s FSMA Produce Safety rule, you are aware that water requirements are probably the most contentious part of the rule. Due to

March Industry Updates

Almond Alliance of California 4/30 Almond Alliance 38th Annual Convention The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way Napa, 94558 United States Almond Board 4/10 CASP In the Orchard Workshop – Yield Components For more information, contact Ann Friedrich at (209) 343-3241 or afriedrich@almondboard.com 4/11 CASP In the Orchard Workshop – Yield Components For more
It isn’t often that issues of food safety go viral on social media, but in early July the stomachs of the nation collectively turned after learning about the #IceCreamChallenge. Understanding The Challenge The challenge started when a teenage girl near San Antonio posted a video to Twitter. In the video, she opened a carton of
Safe Food Alliance would like to give a heartfelt congratulations to Blue Diamond Growers -Salida for becoming the 2019 Pinnacle Club “Plant of the Year”! Thank you for your unwavering commitment to providing safe food for consumers around the world. The “Plant of the Year” facility goes above and beyond in implementing best food safety
 The INC International Nut and Dried Fruit Council has elected Australian Mr. Michael Waring, Chairman for the next four years. Waring succeeds Mr. Mark Mariani, Executive Chairman of Mariani Packing Company, who has recently completed his four years of service as Chair of INC Board of Trustees.  As is customary, the appointment was made official
Written by Katie Edwards With the busy season for Central Valley agriculture just around the corner, it’s essential to keep in mind some key concepts to help you keep your food safety plan in check. Hullers and dryers, dehydrators, storage facilities, packing, and processing facilities must be ready to receive, handle, and process upcoming crops
Blockchain Fundamentals The easiest way to understand blockchain technology is to think of it as an electronic notary. A notary protects the integrity of a document by verifying the signer’s identity, making sure they aren’t being forced to sign under duress or intimidation and making sure they’re aware of the contents of the document or
Tagged under: ,
The need for a third party or contract laboratory is almost a must in today’s marketplace. The word laboratory, first used in the 1600’s, comes from the Latin laboratorium, aplace that is set apart for scientific experiments, a place for labor and work. Today, we continue to see laboratories as scientific epicenters, only with much
Tagged under:
Written by Anila Mehmood As of April 2019, routine Produce Safety Rule inspections started on large farms, by CDFA if you are in California. Are you Ready? Before inspections began, On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) were being conducted to make sure that each farm was ready for their inspection. The data shows that while 9 %

Announcement for all BRC Clients

BRCGS has issued a new clause regarding Food Safety Culture Clause 1.1.2  This new clause Define and maintain a clear plan for the development and continuing improvement of food safety culture.  In summary, the clause requires sites to: Define and maintain a clear plan for the development and continuing improvement of food safety culture. This plan
Draft Concept Note from the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations On 7 June 2019, the world will celebrate the first ever World Food Safety Day, an international observance proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2018. The celebration is a unique opportunity to draw attention and inspire action to
In honor of the first inaugural World Food Safety Day, we wanted to reflect on the current challenges facing the food safety industry and a couple of things that make us optimistic for the future
By: Joseph Nicholl When submitting a sample for testing which option should you choose: Listeria spp. or Listeria monocytogenes? That is a good question. One is very broad (Listeria spp.) and will give you a lot of information about the bacteria in the genera and the other is specific (L. monocytogenes) one species in the
Tagged under: , ,
By Abbie Llanes You have just been audited, by a customer or by a third-party, and are now facing a Corrective Action Request (CAR). What is a Corrective Action Request? What do you do? Your first instinct should be to ask why. Why? Exactly! When you understand what caused the problems, you can create long-term
Let’s face it, all of our food comes from farms. When it comes to plant-based food there’s always a grower (or many growers!) involved.  Here at Safe Food Alliance, we work to, help growers implement processes to ensure compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety rule (FSMA is the FDA’s “Food Safety Modernization Act”). Many of
Tagged under:
Almond Board 5/8 CASP In the Orchard Workshop – Integrated Pest Management – Madera – View agenda here. RSVP to Ann Friedrich at afriedrich@almondboard.com For more information: Ashley Correia – (209) 672-7382 5/13 Strategic Ag Innovation Committee Meeting For more information, contact Debye Hunter at (209) 343-3230 or dhunter@almondboard.com. 5/14 Navigating the Waters – World
The FDA has issued an announcement regarding the timing of facility inspections for the last of the FSMA rules that many companies in the food supply chain will have to comply with. This announcement affects both food processors and storage facilities such as warehousing operations. The first compliance date, for the largest companies, is in July

Letter from the President / CEO

Dear Safe Food Alliance Family, Thank you for your support in joining us in the beautiful city of Monterey from April 1 -4 for the 2019 Safe Food California conference. We welcomed over 400 industry professionals to our annual event composed of more than 25 sessions, certification courses, academy courses, panel discussions and networking events
Tagged under: ,
Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors! Safe Food California could not take place without your support and dedication to food safety and the food industry. This conference acts as a pedestal for new learning, innovative ideas, and business growth. We look forward to working with you for many years to come on our
On March 5th, 2019, the FDA announced the release of an additional FSMA draft guidance – this time related to its Intentional Adulteration rule. Processors need to be paying attention. This year the food industry will see the first compliance dates pass for this rule, the last of the seven FSMA rules issued by the
The FDA has announced that an additional 2 year extension has been made final to the Produce Safety Rule. This extension is good news for the grower community. For those familiar with the FDA’s FSMA Produce Safety rule, you are aware that water requirements are probably the most contentious part of the rule. Due to

March Industry Updates

Almond Alliance of California 4/30 Almond Alliance 38th Annual Convention The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way Napa, 94558 United States Almond Board 4/10 CASP In the Orchard Workshop – Yield Components For more information, contact Ann Friedrich at (209) 343-3241 or afriedrich@almondboard.com 4/11 CASP In the Orchard Workshop – Yield Components For more
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