Getting Started with GFSI: The Roadmap to GFSI Certification

Dear DFA of California, Safe Food Alliance, and Safe Food Certification members, customers, business associates, and employees, On December 20, 2019, I will officially retire from my position as President/CEO. I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for the experience afforded me over the past ten years. It only seems like yesterday that I stepped
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This month, we begin the Good Manufacturing Practices Template Series. Over the next few months, we will be publishing templates to help you validate the GMPs you have in place and verify your systems. With this free template, you will receive a checklist for conducting an internal audit on: Raw Material Inspection Program Product Control
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Need help understanding SQF Certification? Get the full guide on how to properly achieve it! This guide includes: An introduction to SQF An overview of the process Specific links to the pages you need instead of searching on the web An explanation of audit types A summary of grading criteria Types of Certification The latest
If you conduct an annual GFSI audit in your facility or are preparing for such an audit, you already know the stakes. You work all year to uphold your chosen standard and anxiously prep for your yearly audit. But what is the best way to prepare for your food safety audit, and what are your
In recent years you’ve almost certainly heard the term “food safety culture” used. The only caveat, however, is that for many of us, it’s not clear how the term applies to what we do day in and day out. That’s the fundamental elegance of the concept ‘food safety culture’ – it refers to what employees
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Every day, people struggle to understand how exactly to handle pesticides. Let us help you. The Managing Pests and Pesticides Infographic covers everything from storage and disposal to planing your pest program in a fun and easy visual way. Print this resource out and put it up in your facility. Use this infographic to keep
An MRL (Maximum Residue Limit) or a food tolerance, as it is known in the USA, is the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that can be found in or on food. While any food with a pesticide residue under an MRL should be safe to eat, it is important to remember that an MRL
If you are a farmer, manufacturer, or food producer, you probably have your product tested for pesticides. You take a sample, you send it in, and then you wait for the results. Pretty straight forward. But what happens on our end? And more importantly, what happens when we detect pesticide residues in your product? When

Pesticides 101

Pesticides can be confusing. Companies create new ones every day, the rules are ever-changing, and to top it all off, every country has its own set of standards. How can one person possibly keep up? Well, luckily for all of us, there are great resources online to help like Bryant Christie, a free online database
Safe Food California is thrilled to announce the 2020 academy courses. These courses round out the now complete offering for the Monday and Tuesday events at the conference. For the 2020 conference which takes place March 30-April 2, 2020, Safe Food California handpicked academy courses for a wide variety of food safety needs, to provide
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Does GFSI certification confuse you? Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification has started to become the industry standard for food processors. That doesn’t mean that all understand what the platform is. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all of the acronyms, regulations, and customer demands, don’t worry, you are not alone. GFSI certification is
“We will need a copy of your GFSI Audit Certificate for your file to continue doing business.” A communication like this is one that food processors and manufacturers are hearing more and more from retailers. It is a sentence that can make your heart sink and allow anxiety to set in. With this guide, you
Written by Kim Ray and Sam Greenlee Do you know what fees are included in your Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audit program? Is your company new to the world of GFSI and trying to decide which auditing scheme to choose? Programs such as BRC, SQF, GlobalG.A.P., or Primus GFS are some of the most
So you’ve started the process of becoming GFSI certified. You’ve chosen your platform and taken the training course. Now you are setting up your system and realize that you need to test your product. GFSI-benchmarked food safety programs, such as BRC, SQF, or Primus GFS, have specific requirements for the testing of finished products or
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Safe Food Alliance is happy to announce the Safe Food California 2020 all-day workshops. For the 2020 conference which takes place March 30-April 2, 2020, Safe Food Alliance focused on creating skill-based workshops on topics that the food industry truly needs. The conference achieves this by inviting industry experts with decades of experience to teach
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One of the most common gaps identified in GFSI audits and one of the most preventable is when a new edition of the SQF standard is issued, and companies don’t take note of the changes. Time and time again, we have seen companies not correctly prepare for audits with the latest information. That is why
Wow, there are so many audit schemes out there these days. I know what you are thinking, “Why would a company even submit themselves to an audit?” Reality is that audits, and with them the certificate a facility receives, are table stakes now for retailers, exporters, and manufacturers alike. Few retailers don’t require audit certificates
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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