Additional Training and Consulting Programs

In addition to our HACCP, GFSI, and FSMA trainings, Safe Food Alliance also offers the following training programs to help your company implement a strong food safety program.

These trainings can be offered either as onsite programs or as public courses. If you would like to suggest a public training, contact our food safety team and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Trainings

Crisis Management

Crisis Management, Incident Management, or Business Continuity. However you refer to your program, every company needs to be prepared for those unanticipated incidents that could have an impact on food safety, company reputation, and the bottom line. This program will help prepare your company’s management for whatever the future may hold. We will share some pointers to help improve your programs so they meet FSMA requirements, the requirements of your food safety certifications (GFSI, HACCP, etc.), and customer expectations. This training also meets the SQF requirement in section 2.1.6.2ii.

Environmental Monitoring

The importance of a sound environmental monitoring plan cannot be overstated. It’s a required verification program for GFSI programs such as BRC, SQF, and IFS; it’s a fundamental part of your HACCP plan’s prerequisite programs; and in addition the final FSMA rules released by the FDA include new requirements relating to the process. This program is intended to be part of an effective employee training program which keeps employees up to date on the latest techniques and helps ensure your company meets these evolving regulatory and customer requirements.

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) ensure that food products are manufactured, packaged, and stored in a sanitary manner. When formally documented and implemented, GMP’s are an example of a prerequisite program. In this training, you will learn how to use and implement the Standard requirements: personnel practices, plant and grounds, sanitary operations, sanitary facilities, equipment and utensils design, processes and controls: general, processes and controls: manufacturing, and warehouse and distribution.

Internal Auditor Training—Verifying the Effectiveness of Your Food Safety Program

This program offers basic audit training for designated persons who are responsible for verifying the effectiveness of the food safety system. This training course is suited to all management systems (including GSFI standards- BRC, SQF, Global GAP). This training provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to perform internal audits on food safety management systems (FSMS) and to contribute to their continual improvement. If you do not have a designated Internal Auditor at your facility and need a third-party assessment, Safe Food Alliance can come to your facility and provide a GAP analysis of the current scheme you will be audited on.

Audits

GMP Audit

Good Manufacturing Practices are the general practices or conditions, laid out by the FDA, under which it is appropriate for food manufacturers to operate. The term “Prerequisite Programs” — or PRPs — is also commonly used to refer to many of the same programs. These programs help ensure that food products are consistently produced in a sanitary environment and under operational controls which ensure they are appropriate for their intended use.

When the FSMA Preventive Controls rule was released in September 2015, the existing GMP regulations contained in 21 CFR 110 were replaced with some new requirements – those outlined in 21 CFR 117, Subpart B. Is your facility ready for an FDA inspection under these new requirements?

Processes which are addressed by these audits include:

  • Personnel practices
  • Plant & grounds
  • Sanitary Operations
  • Sanitary Facilities and Controls
  • Equipment and Utensils
  • Processes and Controls
  • Warehousing and Distribution
  • Our thorough onsite GMP/Food Safety audit provides you with the information necessary to improve your food safety and quality process.

The FDA’s CGMP requirements are available here.

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Dehydrator Audits

For many years DFA of California has provided GMP-based food safety audits of fruit dehydrators, such as those used for prunes, figs, raisins, and related commodities. The audits are based on federal regulations and utilize similar criteria to that which is used for audits of other types of food processors, modified according to what is appropriate for a fruit dehydrator operation. These audits serve two primary purposes:

  • To give dehydrator operators the peace of mind of knowing that they meet federal requirements
  • To allow dehydrator operators the ability to provide their customers assurance, from a third party, that their programs comply with industry best practices for food safety.

Additionally, in the future these audits will serve to help companies meet the Supply Chain requirements set out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Huller/Sheller Audits

For a number of years Safe Food Alliance has provided basic, GMP-based food safety audits for tree nut hulling operations. In collaboration with the Walnut Board of California, Safe Food Alliance developed an audit standard which we use to audit walnut hullers. For almond huller/sheller operations, Safe Food Alliance uses the standard developed by the Almond Hullers and Processors Association. These audits serve the same purposes as the dehydrator audits:

  • To give huller and sheller operators the peace of mind of knowing that they meet federal requirements
  • To allow operators the ability to provide their customers assurance, from a third party, that their programs comply with industry best practices for food safety.

Additionally, in the future these audits will serve to help companies meet the Supply Chain requirements set out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The almond huller and sheller program requirements are available here.

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