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“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
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
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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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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
Tagged under: , ,

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
Tagged under: ,
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
Tagged under: , ,
“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: ,
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
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: ,

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
Tagged under:
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
Tagged under: , ,
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
Tagged under: , ,

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
Tagged under: ,
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
Tagged under: , ,
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