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.
John Kukoly of BRC Global Standards will talk in an upcoming webinar about what’s new with the BRC standard, changes expected in 2015, how you will be affected by these changes, and how you can start preparing today for tomorrow’s BRC. Here’s a preview.
The changes in the revised rule focuses on environmental monitoring, finished product testing, and supplier controls. What do you need to know?
False positive results (in which a sample that does not contain pathogens is incorrectly shown as positive) are a nuisance. But false negative test results—which fail to detect true pathogenic organisms in the sample—are just not unacceptable.
While industry is racing to develop several promising anti-spoilage technologies, active managerial control of the various components of an effective food safety and quality assurance system remains the best practice against food spoilage and associated food losses in retail food operations.
Start preparing today for FSMA compliance. And SQF can help, says Robert Garfield, Senior Vice President, Safe Quality Food Institute.
Continuous verification of supplier qualification and compliance is as important for food manufacturers and food processors, as it is for food retailers.