The Importance of Food Safety Culture

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On March 5th, 2019, the FDA announced the release of an additional FSMA draft guidance – this time related to its Intentional Adulteration rule.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 4/11 CASP In the Orchard Workshop – Yield Components For more

Global E.Coli Outbreaks

The impact of an E. coli outbreak is far-reaching. It spreads through the entire supply chain, leaving consumers, farmers, and retailers in a bind. Losing 45% of your sales overnight is a massive loss to any industry. This is what happened in 2018 regarding the E. coli outbreaks in romaine. Struggling to boost consumer confidence
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Did you know that in 2018 there were about 6000 SQF audits globally? When I read that, I was struck by how many sites are audited to the standard. You may be aware that in 2018 the new edition 8 of SQF went into effect, which affected all of those sites worldwide.  Although the standard
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The BRC Global Standard START! Program

While every food manufacturing site, big or small, needs to develop strong food safety systems, not every site is ready to meet the full requirements of a GFSI certification audit. Recognizing this, BRC has developed the START! Program in order to “recognize and encourage the development of food safety systems in small sites”. What is

February Industry Events

Almond Alliance of California Almond Alliance 38th Annual Convention APRIL 30 – MAY 2 The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way Napa, 94558 United States American Pistachio Growers Heat Illness Prevention Training April 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm C.P.D.E.S. Portugues Hall, 172 W. Jefferson Ave Easton, CA 93706 California Dried Plum Board
If you farm produce in California, you may have received a letter this week from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The letter, mailed to thousands of produce farms across the state, contains important information about on-farm food safety inspections that will begin this Spring. The inspections are part of a new law

The Benefits of Environmental Monitoring

Each year roughly 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne illnesses according to the CDC. As our food supply becomes progressively more globalized, the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between countries has become much more apparent. Legislation like the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) now enables
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Salmonella – we all know its bad for us but why? What is it? Where does it come from? Why should we care? Does my company have a plan in place if something tests positive? With all the news lately about one recall after another, it is easy to be tormented with endless questions. I
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Every day, Farmers are being asked to do more with less, and to do it faster, safer, with fewer people, and for less money. If you look at these problems altogether, they can seem insurmountable – but there is hope! Innovation thrives during times of adversity. As a society, we do our best work when
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An Article by the Acheson Group “The way we do things around here” – that is the favorite definition of food safety culture for Frank Yiannas, former Vice-President of Food Safety for Walmart, current Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy & Response with the Food and Drug Administration, and author of a couple of books on
The Safe Food Alliance team is proud to introduce the newest additions to the family. Annette Magee, Juan M. Sanchez, and Joseph Nicholl now represent our Business Development team with Safe Food Alliance. Each member brings with them a unique set of skills which make them a well-rounded team ready to serve the needs of