Getting Started with GFSI: The Roadmap to GFSI Certification

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)   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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Intentional Adulteration: It’s All About Defense! On September 11th, 2001, America changed. While there were many undeniable shifts in the country, what many may not realize is that on that day, food safety changed as well. As a result of the events, in 2004 a presidential directive was given requiring the FDA and the USDA

Testing Your Product for Glyphosate

Written By Wiley A. Hall, 4th, Ph.D. Recently there has been a heavy focus on pesticides throughout the United States and the World, specifically on glyphosate. While pesticides are used to protect food and consumers from various diseases, there are also serious environmental and health concerns associated with them. If you keep up with the
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Just as Intentional Adulteration is a check on internal processes and vulnerabilities, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule or FSVP is an external check on overseas suppliers. When considering the implementation of any new FSMA rule, it’s important to get a baseline understanding of what the government is requiring including what the rule entails, and
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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Written by Jon Kimble and Katie Edwards As you are probably already aware, the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been finalized and is in the final stages of being implemented. What we’ve seen throughout the industry, however, is that although inspections are already taking place, many food producers still struggle to comply with
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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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