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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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Food Safety

How to develop an effective internal audit program to meet SQF requirements

The SQF code requires that an internal audit program be developed and implemented. An internal audit procedure must therefore be created identifying the scope and frequency of the audits as well as assigned responsibilities. The procedure must reference an internal audit schedule which is approved by the senior site manager, who provides support and resources […]

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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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Regulatory Changes

Consultation under way on proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

As mentioned in a previous post (see Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan – Latest developments), the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are designed to strengthen food safety in Canada. The proposed regulations consist of 4 key elements: Licensing, Preventive Controls, Traceability and Preventive Control Plans (PCP). A public consultation is currently under way. Closing date for comments is April 21, 2017.

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Food Safety Funding Available in British Columbia

The BC post-farm food safety program launched in December 2016 and will run till January 31st, 2018. Under this cost-sharing initiative funded by the Canadian federal and BC governments, BC food and beverage manufacturers are encouraged to adopt enhanced food safety practices and develop a food safety culture. The program enables eligible businesses to access up to $35,000 dollars towards the implementation of food safety and traceability systems.

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