Writing Corrective Actions for Your Food Safety Audit

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Upcoming Industry Events

Almond Board 12/4 Board of Directors Meeting – 8:30 a.m. – Sacramento For more information, contact Lynn Jordan at (209) 343-3237 or ljordan@almondboard.com 12/4-12/6 The Almond Conference Learn more and register: www.almondconference.com 12/11 Nutrition Research Committee For more information, contact Judy Scott-McKay at (209) 343-3235 or jscottmckay@almondboard.com American Pistachio Growers Annual Conference February 25, 2019
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If you’re someone who’s audited to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme such as Safe Quality Food (SQF) or British Retail Consortium (BRC), you know that internal audits are a key part of your certification. In addition to being a critical element of your program verification, internal audits are one of the most common

BRC Webinar Recap

Resources mentioned during the webinar: Click here to view upcoming food safety training courses including BRC courses BRC Resource Guide: Key changes in Issue 8, BRC Food Safety Issue 8 Checklist, and a point by point breakdown of specific changes. Click here to view the BRC Global Standard PDF (free!), BRC Global Standard for Food
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has contracted with Safe Food Alliance to host 26 Produce Safety Training classes through June 2019, for the second year in a row.  The contract covers Central and Southern California counties beginning at Madera, Fresno, San Benito and Monterey along the north, to San Diego and Imperial along the south.  CDFA received federal funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to provide
This is the second installment of a three part series on Mycotoxins written by VICAM. If you missed the first part, check it out here Mycotoxin Contamination: Anatomy of a Chemical Hazard While the FSMA leaves it up to each facility to determine whether a particular contaminant warrants preventive controls, experts in some segments of
This article was originally written by Vicam. INTRODUCTION Full implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ushers in a new regulatory climate that raises profound implications for every food and agricultural industry stakeholder. This sweeping reform of food safety law not only calls for stricter FDA oversight of the way agricultural commodities are cultivated,
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Safe Food Alliance has launched a new online learning platform, Safe Food Academy, which provides self-paced courses, templates, resources, and useful information for food safety professionals within the food industry. With the announcement of Safe Food Academy, Safe Food Alliance Vice President of Professional Services, Jeremiah Szabo, said, “Our goal with Safe Food Academy is
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Key Changes to the New BRC Issue 8

The new code is out! The British Retail Consortium (or BRC) has released the new version of its auditing code and we thought it might be helpful to point out the biggest changes from the previous version. For those of you who are newer to food safety, BRC is a group of food industry experts
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Press Release October 2018.   A recent observational study, which was carried out between 2005 and 2015 with 4,213 participants from the Rotterdam Study, links a healthy diet with better brain health. In particular, a diet based on vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains, dairy, fish and a limited intake of sugary beverages is associated with larger brain tissue volumes and thus may help promote brain health. The results highlight the potential of nutrition

September Upcoming Industry Events

Almond Board 10/11 Almond Leadership Program Golf Fundraiser Tournament   California Fresh Fruit Association CFFA Annual Harvest Event Friday, October 5th, 2018 – 2:30 pm to 2:30 pm Vintage Press Restaurant (216 N. Willis, Visalia) https://www.cafreshfruit.org/event/cffa-annual-harvest-event   5th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs Harvest Festival Gala Thursday, October 11th, 2018 – 5:30 pm to 8:15
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The CDC estimates that 48 million people get sick due to foodborne illness each year – but what if they didn’t have to? Can you imagine a world without foodborne illness? That’s the dream, right? Well, these four emerging technology companies are working hard to make that dream a reality. IBM Block chain is a
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It’s All About Defense! Don’t Get Behind As with many of FDA’s new rules that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Intentional Adulteration rule sets a standard for the industry that’s similar to what many food processors already have in place.  Companies which have a GFSI certification, like SQF or BRC,
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Testing Your Product for Glyphosate

Glyphosate: In the News Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot in the news recently about glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide and plant growth regulator Roundup®. In early August, a jury awarded $289 million to a former groundskeeper who claimed that exposure to Roundup® caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This heavily publicized case was
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Summary of Requirements The first obvious question with any new regulation is, who has to comply?  The FDA has provided this table as a helpful tool to determine if compliance is required. Simply stated, the FSVP importer, whom the FDA will hold responsible for compliance, is the U.S. owner or consignee of products for import. The entity whose DUNS
Safe Food Alliance has been busy working with local California artists on a spectacular mural presentation in the new Kingsburg Center. The team is excited to invite the public and industry to see the highly anticipated one of a kind piece, inspired by California agriculture. Safe Food Alliance welcomes you on Thursday, October 11th from
“People are like tea bags, when you put them in hot water you find out what they’re truly made of.”  I’ve heard various iterations of this aphorism, as I’m sure you have too. As we find ourselves closer to the hectic pre-holiday season, this saying really begins to resonate. Time and time again we see
Your facility keeps you busy. You know what you’re doing, and you don’t need to read through 2000 words about Food Safety 101. You want to cut out the junk and jump right to what’s actually useful. That’s where this article comes in. This guide includes 5 websites every food industry professional should know. No matter
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Gluten-Free: An Inside Look

Gluten-Free. For years we have been trying to decide if the label is a safety warning, a new diet, or a marketing ploy. With the ever-increasing amount of people choosing gluten-free over other products, it’s safe to say that these trends are less about medical need and more about preference. Background Gluten is a protein
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The Latest FSMA Compliance Strategies

As you are probably already aware, The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now in the process of being implemented.  This article is to help determine which rule you fall under and compliance strategies to take as you prepare. The Regulator Versus the Customer With the new regulations, we have noticed a few common
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Over the past 20 years, the way consumers think about food has changed; drastically. Consumers are making dietary decisions based on the information they learn from internet and social media – instead of their doctors and/or the scientific community. As most of us know, the internet is full of conflicting advice: Gluten is bad, carbs
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Upcoming Industry Events

Almond Board 12/4 Board of Directors Meeting – 8:30 a.m. – Sacramento For more information, contact Lynn Jordan at (209) 343-3237 or ljordan@almondboard.com 12/4-12/6 The Almond Conference Learn more and register: www.almondconference.com 12/11 Nutrition Research Committee For more information, contact Judy Scott-McKay at (209) 343-3235 or jscottmckay@almondboard.com American Pistachio Growers Annual Conference February 25, 2019
Tagged under: ,
If you’re someone who’s audited to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme such as Safe Quality Food (SQF) or British Retail Consortium (BRC), you know that internal audits are a key part of your certification. In addition to being a critical element of your program verification, internal audits are one of the most common

BRC Webinar Recap

Resources mentioned during the webinar: Click here to view upcoming food safety training courses including BRC courses BRC Resource Guide: Key changes in Issue 8, BRC Food Safety Issue 8 Checklist, and a point by point breakdown of specific changes. Click here to view the BRC Global Standard PDF (free!), BRC Global Standard for Food
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has contracted with Safe Food Alliance to host 26 Produce Safety Training classes through June 2019, for the second year in a row.  The contract covers Central and Southern California counties beginning at Madera, Fresno, San Benito and Monterey along the north, to San Diego and Imperial along the south.  CDFA received federal funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to provide
This is the second installment of a three part series on Mycotoxins written by VICAM. If you missed the first part, check it out here Mycotoxin Contamination: Anatomy of a Chemical Hazard While the FSMA leaves it up to each facility to determine whether a particular contaminant warrants preventive controls, experts in some segments of
This article was originally written by Vicam. INTRODUCTION Full implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ushers in a new regulatory climate that raises profound implications for every food and agricultural industry stakeholder. This sweeping reform of food safety law not only calls for stricter FDA oversight of the way agricultural commodities are cultivated,
Tagged under:
Safe Food Alliance has launched a new online learning platform, Safe Food Academy, which provides self-paced courses, templates, resources, and useful information for food safety professionals within the food industry. With the announcement of Safe Food Academy, Safe Food Alliance Vice President of Professional Services, Jeremiah Szabo, said, “Our goal with Safe Food Academy is
Tagged under:

Key Changes to the New BRC Issue 8

The new code is out! The British Retail Consortium (or BRC) has released the new version of its auditing code and we thought it might be helpful to point out the biggest changes from the previous version. For those of you who are newer to food safety, BRC is a group of food industry experts
Tagged under: ,
Press Release October 2018.   A recent observational study, which was carried out between 2005 and 2015 with 4,213 participants from the Rotterdam Study, links a healthy diet with better brain health. In particular, a diet based on vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains, dairy, fish and a limited intake of sugary beverages is associated with larger brain tissue volumes and thus may help promote brain health. The results highlight the potential of nutrition

September Upcoming Industry Events

Almond Board 10/11 Almond Leadership Program Golf Fundraiser Tournament   California Fresh Fruit Association CFFA Annual Harvest Event Friday, October 5th, 2018 – 2:30 pm to 2:30 pm Vintage Press Restaurant (216 N. Willis, Visalia) https://www.cafreshfruit.org/event/cffa-annual-harvest-event   5th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs Harvest Festival Gala Thursday, October 11th, 2018 – 5:30 pm to 8:15
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The CDC estimates that 48 million people get sick due to foodborne illness each year – but what if they didn’t have to? Can you imagine a world without foodborne illness? That’s the dream, right? Well, these four emerging technology companies are working hard to make that dream a reality. IBM Block chain is a
Tagged under: ,
It’s All About Defense! Don’t Get Behind As with many of FDA’s new rules that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Intentional Adulteration rule sets a standard for the industry that’s similar to what many food processors already have in place.  Companies which have a GFSI certification, like SQF or BRC,
Tagged under: ,

Testing Your Product for Glyphosate

Glyphosate: In the News Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot in the news recently about glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide and plant growth regulator Roundup®. In early August, a jury awarded $289 million to a former groundskeeper who claimed that exposure to Roundup® caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This heavily publicized case was
Tagged under: ,
Summary of Requirements The first obvious question with any new regulation is, who has to comply?  The FDA has provided this table as a helpful tool to determine if compliance is required. Simply stated, the FSVP importer, whom the FDA will hold responsible for compliance, is the U.S. owner or consignee of products for import. The entity whose DUNS
Safe Food Alliance has been busy working with local California artists on a spectacular mural presentation in the new Kingsburg Center. The team is excited to invite the public and industry to see the highly anticipated one of a kind piece, inspired by California agriculture. Safe Food Alliance welcomes you on Thursday, October 11th from
“People are like tea bags, when you put them in hot water you find out what they’re truly made of.”  I’ve heard various iterations of this aphorism, as I’m sure you have too. As we find ourselves closer to the hectic pre-holiday season, this saying really begins to resonate. Time and time again we see
Your facility keeps you busy. You know what you’re doing, and you don’t need to read through 2000 words about Food Safety 101. You want to cut out the junk and jump right to what’s actually useful. That’s where this article comes in. This guide includes 5 websites every food industry professional should know. No matter
Tagged under:

Gluten-Free: An Inside Look

Gluten-Free. For years we have been trying to decide if the label is a safety warning, a new diet, or a marketing ploy. With the ever-increasing amount of people choosing gluten-free over other products, it’s safe to say that these trends are less about medical need and more about preference. Background Gluten is a protein
Tagged under: ,

The Latest FSMA Compliance Strategies

As you are probably already aware, The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now in the process of being implemented.  This article is to help determine which rule you fall under and compliance strategies to take as you prepare. The Regulator Versus the Customer With the new regulations, we have noticed a few common
Tagged under: ,
Over the past 20 years, the way consumers think about food has changed; drastically. Consumers are making dietary decisions based on the information they learn from internet and social media – instead of their doctors and/or the scientific community. As most of us know, the internet is full of conflicting advice: Gluten is bad, carbs
Tagged under: ,
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