The Importance of Food Safety Culture

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A start-up facility must have a basic food safety plan based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) in place to meet current regulatory requirements. Any food processing facility must first register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and assigned a site-specific FDA Registration Number. The next requirement for implementing a food safety
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has contracted with Safe Food Alliance to host 25 Produce Safety Training classes between January and June of 2018.  The contract covers central and southern California counties beginning at Madera, Fresno, San Benito and Monterey counties along the north, to the border counties of San Diego and
The beginning of November brought an end to an exciting World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers. It also meant that we are in the penultimate month of construction on Safe Food Alliance’s new Kingsburg facility, which is on track for a December completion date. Workers are busy painting walls, hanging

Driving A Food Safety Culture

Why does culture matter in a company?  Because according to Dr. David Acheson, Founder and CEO of the Acheson Group, no matter where you are in the food chain, the biggest challenges are in food safety which means how people work together to find solutions is key to success.  How a company approaches assessing risks

Is Your Facility Gluten Free Audit Ready?

Jessica Burke, Manager, Compliance & Technical Services, Allergen Control Group Inc. So you have decided to go down the road of certifying your facility in the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP). The road to GFCP certification involves several steps. While you may have done your due diligence in learning about the requirements of the program, signing
Safe Food Alliance, serving the agricultural industry since 1908, is offering the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) required training for growers. Covered farms are required to have at least one designated supervisor who has been trained in food safety practices based on the Produce Safety rule. The first compliance date is January 2018. This course
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FDA Supply Chain Guidance

Guidance for Industry: Supply-Chain Program Requirements and Co-Manufacturer Supplier Approval and Verification for Human Food and Animal Food November 2017 This guidance is intended for persons who participate in certain “co-manufacturing” agreements in the production of human or animal food. By “co-manufacturing,” we mean a contractual arrangement whereby one party (the brand owner) arranges for
The Moisture Meter is a robust instrument that must perform in facilities that are no stranger to high temperature and high humidity environments.  While the meters routinely last for 10 years or more, there are minor parts and electrical connections that can fail, or become fouled overtime leading to a meter that is non-functional, or

Big News on the Produce Safety Rule!

In recent months there has been a good deal of discussion, conjecture, and guesswork related to the FDA’s Produce Safety rule under FSMA (the Food Safety Modernization Act).  How will the rule be interpreted, when will guidance be released, when will FDA begin regulating, and what about the uncertainty with regard to the water testing
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The LGMA programs in California and Arizona have updated their required food safety practices so they are in alignment with new federal food safety laws. This means that 90 percent of the leafy greens produced in the U.S. and certified through the LGMA’s system of mandatory government audits will be in full compliance with the
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On an annual basis, Safe Food Alliance searches for an outstanding example of a plant that exudes excellence from every food safety perspective.  For 2017, the prestigious Pinnacle Club Plant of the Year Award goes to Northern California-based Carriere Family Farms, a global walnut company.  The family-owned business located in Glenn, California, demonstrated a commitment

The New Food Safety Plan Builder

The FDA has announced their new tool, the Food Safety Plan Builder, is now ready for use. The Food Safety Plan Builder is a new software tool designed to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan. Businesses can download the Food Safety Plan Builder from the FDA’s website for free
Safe Food California, the West Coast’s most prestigious conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indian wells on April 3-5, 2018. Safe Food California provides a great opportunity to promote your business for all exhibitor and sponsor levels. Safe Food California offers several customizable sponsorship opportunities for you to promote your company’s products or
After the first compliance date under FSMA (the Food Safety Modernization Act) passed this last September, the FDA began slowly rolling out their plans to regulate the industry under this landmark set of regulations.  Following that, this past spring the first compliance dates passed for the Sanitary Transportation rule and the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
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