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FDA Creates New Website to Apply to Become “Third-Party Accredited”

This past June, the Food and Drug Association created a new website that allows organizations to potentially be recognized as a Third-Party accreditation body, or third-party auditors. In order to become an accredited body, an organization will have to go through an online application process, which if successful, would give them the ability to conduct food safety audits. They would also be capable of issuing certifications of foreign entities and the food products that they produce, for both human and animal consumption.

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News Regulatory Changes Food Safety Importers


Are you a US Food Importer who requires assistance with the development & implementation of a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) under FSMA? The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires that US importers be responsible for the safety of imported food products. Under the new FSVP – Foreign Supplier Verification Program – requirements, US importers must ensure […]

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Implementing SQF 8.0 Systems – Effective CAPA and Root Cause Analysis

Corrective Action and Preventive Action (“CAPA” for short) has always been a best practice requirement in the manufacturing sector. In the food industry, corrective action may not have been as vigorously enforced as in other regulated industries.1 Borrowing from the tenets of ISO business standards, the most advanced food safety quality management systems such as SQF (Safe Quality Food) require robust CAPA programs.

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News Food Safety

What is your PCQI training strategy?

The US Congress passed FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) on December 20th, 2010 and President Obama signed it into law on January 4th, 2011. Implementing Preventive Controls for Food Safety Section 103 of the act is about implementing Preventive Controls for food safety. The “rule” —cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food rule (“PCHF” rule, 21 CFR Parts 1, 16, 106, 110, 114, 114. 117, 120, 123,129, 179 and 211) — requires registered facilities, unless exempt, to: Have a written food safety plan Perform a hazard analysis […]

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When to pitch the potato salad

In Southern BC, we can take our fridges for granted—well, most of the time. There are times when weather, wildlife and wear can take a toll on the 7,200 kilometres of poles and wires we maintain, so it’s important to be prepared for unexpected power outages.

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