The Importance of Food Safety Culture

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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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FDA Food Defense Updates

The Food and Drug Administration has made available an optional online training course – Overview of the Intentional Adulteration Rule (IA Rule) Course July 26, 2018 This training will provide stakeholders with more information about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (21 CFR Part
Just because GFSI certification seems daunting, doesn’t mean it has to be. As the Auditing Services Administrator, I consistently receive the all too typical supplier calls with questions like “My customer just told me I have to get my site GFSI certified to keep my contract. What do I do?” In most cases, suppliers are
On April 25, 2018 we invited the public to join us at the Grand Opening of the Kingsburg Center. The new facility is a welcome addition to our company and the community of Kingsburg, CA. Located just off Highway 99 at the Kingsburg Business Park, the 20,408 square foot building now houses the former Fresno-based
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One year and five days after the construction contract was signed, the City of Kingsburg signed the Final Inspection Card indicating that the new Safe Food Alliance facility is ready for occupancy. We officially took control of the site from West Star Construction on January 11th, 2018. With the completion of construction, the final interior
The FDA announced that it intends to exercise enforcement discretion for certain provisions in four of the rules that implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  This means that during the enforcement discretion period, the agency does not intend to enforce these provisions as they currently apply to certain entities or activities. The enforcement
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