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Are Your Foreign Suppliers Ready For FSMA?

March 11, 2017 5:55 am0 comments
Are Your Foreign Suppliers Ready For FSMA?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) plays a large role in global food safety, and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule is something every U.S. importer needs to be aware of, since compliance to FSVP begins May 2017. Let’s review how to help your suppliers be ready. The rule […]

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Putting your FSMA plans in writing

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Roughly 13 growers attended the food safety plan workshop, which cost an extra registration fee and required a seven-hour training the previous day. Others in attendance were members of the Produce Safety Alliance and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, an agency that audits on behalf of the federal government. (Ross Courtney/Good Fruit Grower)

Huddled over a laptop in a Syracuse, New York, basement meeting room, Eric Darrow and his father, Nate, debated about what to do if they caught an employee violating their food safety plan. The owners of New York’s Saratoga Apple farm both favored a three-strikes type of policy, but they […]

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AgGateway focuses on grain traceability for FSMA standards

March 4, 2017 5:13 am0 comments
AgGateway focuses on grain traceability for FSMA standards

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Grain producers and handlers may soon have more powerful data management capabilities to address traceability and the regulatory needs of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), due to a collaborative effort by AgGateway members to create standards for grain-handling information management companies involved in the effort, […]

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Simplified Guidelines to FSMA for Small Bakeries

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Simplified Guidelines to FSMA for Small Bakeries

EFSA proposed a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as bakeries, which can be overwhelmed by applying complex hazard analyses. The approach includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities […]

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GFSI in 2017: The Year of FSMA Compliance

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GFSI in 2017: The Year of FSMA Compliance

This year is being described as “the year of FSMA compliance,” as many compliance dates for the various FSMA rules fall in 2017. As one might expect, the FSMA law and rules include many aspects of the established Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard; however, there are also differences in […]

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Employee Buy-in to Ensure FSMA Compliance

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Employee Buy-in to Ensure FSMA Compliance

Getting employees on board can be one of the most difficult parts of any major change within a company. When things are operating just fine from the perspective of the employee, the cries of, “but we’ve always done it this way!” can be deafening. As a manager, it is our […]

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GLOBALG.A.P. Releases Guide to Support Compliance with FSMA

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GLOBALG.A.P. Releases Guide to Support Compliance with FSMA

The GLOBALG.A.P. User’s Guide and Self Assessment for FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance supports Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) users in efficiently meeting Produce Safety Rule (Produce Rule) requirements.  IFA is the most widely utilized good agricultural practice scheme for fresh produce in the world. The GLOBALG.A.P. USA Crops National Technical […]

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Penn State offers new FSMA website

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Penn State offers new FSMA website

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal-feed producers navigating the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have new educational resources to help them determine what their farms and businesses must do to comply with new regulations. FSMA Over the next several years, the Food and Drug Administration […]

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FSMA Update: FDA Revises Q&A Draft Guidance on Food Facility Registration

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FSMA Update: FDA Revises Q&A Draft Guidance on Food Facility Registration

By way of background, on July 14, 2016, FDA issued a final rule to amend and update the Agency’s food facility registration requirements and implement revisions mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To support industry compliance with the updated food facility registration requirements, on November 7, 2016, FDA issued a Draft […]

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Why we need to wake up and truly consider the meaning of the FSMA

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Why we need to wake up and truly consider the meaning of the FSMA

The key concepts that exist in US food regulation are those of adulteration and misbranding, essentially making sure that neither is food contaminated nor its packaging misleading.To European eyes until relatively recently quite a number of the key US pieces of food law could look quite dated. For adulteration some […]

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