Getting Started with GFSI: The Roadmap to GFSI Certification

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

January Industry Events

Almond Board 2/6 Lunch and Learn: Springtime Management Strategies Limited to the first 20 RSVPs. For more information, contact Spencer Cooper at (209) 604-3727 or 2/7 Global Communications Committee Meeting 2/13-2/14 Strategic Ag Innovation Committee Strategic Meeting For more information, contact Debye Hunter at (209) 343-3230 or 2/20 Technical and Regulatory Affairs Meeting
Written by Thomas Jones, Senior Director of Analytical Services and Pam Cooper, Quality Assurance Manager for Safe Food Alliance Detention; a word associated with childhood pranks, the principal’s office, guilt, and remorse. In a similar fashion, receiving notice from the United States (US) government that your facility’s products have been detained can also trigger those
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In my role, I routinely work with facilities pursuing a third-party food safety certification audit for the first time. After four years of assisting and educating people about the audit process, I have noticed that you can recognize early on whether a company’s pursuit is focused more on obtaining the necessary certificate or in ensuring
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by the United States Congress in 2011. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is mandated to implement the FSMA new food safety regulations.The essence of FSMA proposed rules is prevention; i.e., a shift from a reactive to a protective and preventative approach. With the globalization
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Intro to Produce Safety

The Produce Safety rule, which is part of a larger set of food safety regulations recently issued by the U.S. FDA, applies to growers of produce within the U.S. This includes both traditional “fresh produce”, as well as tree nuts and dried fruit among other items. The full title of this regulation is “Standards for
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The History of HACCP

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a systematic approach to hazard identification, assessment of risk, and control. It is used by many facilities in the food industry to ensure that all food that is consumed is safe to eat.HACCP originated in the 1960’s, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Pillsbury

The Beginners Guide to HACCP

The importance of an effective food safety system cannot be overstated. According to a study conducted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), food recalls cost companies an average of $10 million per incident. That is why Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles are so important. They create the
Safe Food Alliance participates in Camp Fire Relief Funds On Behalf of Industry Partners On November 8th, 2018 a deadly fire hit the city of Paradise. In the days that followed, lives would be lost, homes would be destroyed, and the state of California would be forever changed. The DFA of California Walnut Export Committee

December Industry Events

Almond Board 1/16 Ag Regulatory Subcommittee Meeting – Conference Call – 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Lynn Jordan at (209) 343-3237 or 1/24 Almond Quality and Food Safety Committee Meeting FFor more information, contact Jayme Puthoff at (209) 343-3279 or American Pistachio Growers Annual Conference February 25, 2019 – February 27, 2019

FDA Releases New Food Defense Updates

On December 10th, 2018 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a Food Defense update on the Intentional Adulteration Rule. In the update, the FDA lays out new free ways to complete the required Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training. The FDA has provided a number of resources and links to courses that can be
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Be Prepared: Container Theft

One seemingly regular night, Frank Burgwin left the engine running on his locked Freightliner and rushed into a truck stop to grab a takeout hamburger in Arkansas. When he returned to his freightliner, his tractor and the flatbed with 48,000 pounds of aluminum had vanished. An off-duty Consolidated Freight Driver then helped Burgwin find the
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This is the final installment of a three-part series on Mycotoxins written by VICAM. If you missed a segment of this series, check out part one and part two. THE ROLE OF MYCOTOXIN TESTING IN FSMA COMPLIANCE As the FDA’s new approach to food safety continues to unfold, rigorous mycotoxin testing promises to become a cornerstone
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Safe Food California Returns to Monterey

Sacramento, California November 19, 2018 – Safe Food Alliance presents the 5th annual Safe Food California Conference. From April 1st through 4th, 2019 the conference will return to the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California. The event acts as a resource for the food industry, giving attendees a unique opportunity to come together and learn
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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 12/4-12/6 The Almond Conference Learn more and register: 12/11 Nutrition Research Committee For more information, contact Judy Scott-McKay at (209) 343-3235 or 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