Getting Started with GFSI: The Roadmap to GFSI Certification

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 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 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 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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