In 2023, FSIS investigated six outbreaks. Three were caused by Salmonella, two by STEC (serogroup O157:H7), and one investigation involved a report of botulism.
Taking time to plan is a crucial step in the internal auditing process. Without sufficient planning, audits can often encounter roadblocks that lead to lackluster results. This article provides an overview of key planning steps that will help keep audits on track and within scope. The goal is to provide guidance for developing a well-organized internal audit program that will lead to improvements across the organization.
The guidance describes two processes through which companies may voluntarily inform the FDA of the steps they have taken to ensure the safety of foods from their genome-edited plant varieties: premarket consultations for higher risk foods and voluntary premarket meetings for lower-risk foods.
Series 2 of the FSMA Companion Training Program focuses on the Supply Chain Management requirements found in Subpart G of the PCHF rule, and offers timely information on suppler management issues to inform a well written Food Safety Plan. Following a thorough overview of the required components, subsequent sessions will delve into how to assess a third-party audit report and identify any potential red flags. Series 2’s final session describes techniques for conducting a supplier audit and offers resources for developing and maintaining auditing tools and reports.
Series 1 of the FSMA Companion Training Programs focuses on the Hazards and Hazard Analysis components in PCHF Subpart C. From learning how to navigate the new Regulatory Dashboard for insight into upcoming regulations, to developing a comprehensive testing plan for Chemical and/or Biological Hazards, this training will simplify and streamline the food safety plan review process or support the creation of a new plan.
Developed to fortify the integrity of USDA organic products, the USDA Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule goes into effect on March 19, 2024. From manufacturers to retailers, businesses across the supply chain must adjust their procedures and practices to comply with the updated rule.
Researchers from Texas A&M have developed a wax coating with nano-encapsulated essential oils that provides both immediate and delayed antibacterial effects.
“Jim brings a great deal of operations and supply chain excellence experience to the company, which will be a significant asset for us, particularly as we continue to integrate the former 3M Food Safety Division into our business.”
The Food Safety Consortium will take place October 20-22, 2024, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA, directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. The Program starts with several pre-conference workshops and training which leads into two full days of high-level panel discussions and educational presentations.
Labeling statements that meet federal and state regulations are failing to meet consumer expectations, and consumers are seeking and sometimes obtaining redress in the courts. Following we highlight key cases and what food companies need to consider to avoid running afoul of consumer expectations.