Read more on The importance of Food Product Traceability
TagsFood Safety

The importance of Food Product Traceability

What is Traceability? The Codex Alimentarius Commission defines traceability as “the ability to follow the movement of a food through specified stage(s) of production, processing and distribution”.1 For the Canadian Food Inspection agency, traceability is the ability to follow an item or a group of items - be it animal, plant, food product or ingredient…

Read more on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) and SQF Code Food Defence Requirements
TagsFood Safety, News

Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) and SQF Code Food Defence Requirements

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration Last February, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) released the third and last installment of the draft guidance for the Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule. The FSMA IA rule is aimed at identifying and controlling significant hazards intentionally…

Read more on Support Local by Drinking Local Wine: Sensory Symposium Salon Series
TagsNews, Sensory Evaluation

Support Local by Drinking Local Wine: Sensory Symposium Salon Series

  Contact Information Sirocco Consulting Karine Lawrence 778-821-1392 [email protected]   Release Date For Immediate Release   Support Local by Drinking Local Wine: Sensory Symposium Salon Series Did you know there are over 30 wineries in the lower mainland and more than 30 wineries scattered across the islands? That means there are over 60 local wineries right…

Read more on Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) Compliance Date Looming – 15 July 2020 Deadline to develop and maintain your Preventive Control Plan (PCP)
TagsFood Safety, News

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) Compliance Date Looming – 15 July 2020 Deadline to develop and maintain your Preventive Control Plan (PCP)

On January 15, 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations came into effect. The scope of the SFCR requirements is food that is imported, exported, and inter-provincially traded in Canada. Regulatory compliance with SFCR ensures that “anyone who is importing, exporting, manufacturing, processing, treating, preserving, grading, packaging, or labelling food has not compromised…

Read more on Introduction to Sensory Science
TagsSensory Evaluation

Introduction to Sensory Science

What is sensory science? According to the Institute of Food Technologists1 (1975), sensory science is “the scientific discipline used to evoke, measure, analyze, and interpret those reactions to characteristics of foods and materials as perceived through the sense of sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing.”  Koehl et al. (2007) offered an alternative definition: “Under predefined…

Read more on FSMA and GFSI Compliance: Developing an Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP)
TagsFood Safety, Regulatory Changes

FSMA and GFSI Compliance: Developing an Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP)

The goal of an Environmental Monitoring Program, or EMP, is to reduce food safety risks by testing the food processing environment for harmful bacterial contaminants. Such a program aims to identify pathogen “niches” (harbourage sites) as well as cross-contamination points. It is a critical activity that is used to verify food safety plans, sanitation practices…

Read more on SQF Food Safety Code Update: v8.1 to be Implemented September 2nd, 2019
TagsCertifications, Food Safety, News, Regulatory Changes

SQF Food Safety Code Update: v8.1 to be Implemented September 2nd, 2019

NEWS UPDATE: * Edition 8.0 Audits will continue to be in effect until September 30, 2019. ** From October 01 on, audits will be conducted under the SQF Code, Edition 8.1 Learn more at sqfi.com SQF Institute Professional Update SQFI just announced in their July newsletter that the SQF Food Safety Code Manufacturing version 8.1…