So your company has decided to pursue certification against a GFSI benchmarked standard. How do you go about choosing the right standard for you, and how can you prepare for your first audit? This article offers some advice.
Global public health organization NSF International has appointed Kevin Swoffer as Technical Director of its Global Food Safety Division. Additionally, NSF promoted Stephen Cox to Global Managing Director, NSF Agriculture and Grace O’Dwyer to Director of Operations for NSF’s Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
One of the important efforts we all have in common in this industry is that we must continually identify food safety risk (or gaps) in food manufacturing, distribution, and sales to develop improved systems, methods, chemicals, and tools to fill these gaps and reduce risk. Many of these efforts will become mandatory due to the new regulatory rules being developed through FSMA.
Scope J, Provision of Storage and Distribution Services, is the latest extension to the SQF scopes covered by the GFSI benchmarking requirements, and includes the management of safety schemes for storage facilities and the distribution vehicles for food and feed.
Food facilities that successfully achieve certification demonstrate a number of common attributes—regardless of their chosen scheme.
In this interview, Eurofins’ Gary Smith offers some insights, and talks about challenges involved in moving from traditional GMP audits to GFSI-recognized food safety certification audits.
The Foreign Supplier Verification Program has seen some changes in the re-proposals. In addition to closer alignment with the Preventive Controls Rules, several other changes have been proposed. Two subject matter experts discuss these changes, and their impact on U.S. importers.
“Food defense is different from preventive controls and food defense cannot be prescriptive—it needs to be tied to a facility-specific risk evaluation,” says Shannon Cooksey, Senior Director at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Did FDA reinvent the wheel with FSMA, given GFSI? If you are GFSI certified, do you comply with all FSMA rules or what additional rules do you have to comply with? Will FDA accept GFSI certification in lieu of an inspection? Read for answers.
Proposed FSMA rules are putting new demands on food and beverage companies for prevention-based risk controls especially focused on the supply chain. Two speakers at the upcoming Food Safety Consortium will talk about how companies are struggling with managing up-stream supplier and ingredient risk and how tools like desk audits can help.