Industry News - Food Safety

cGMP – The backbone of FSMA and HACCP

A basis for any food safety program is the implementation and documentation of Good Manufacturing Practices.  While the idea may seem intimidating at the onset, as you become more accustomed to the process you may find it of great benefit to your operation. The Preventative Controls regulations require cGMPs for employees, facility, sanitation, water distribution, […]

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Keep Abreast of Food Recalls

Food recalls can affect each of us. The addition of food club and grocery loyalty programs has greatly enhanced the manufacturer and retailer ability to trace and notify persons who may be affected by a specific recall. Myriad of websites also offer up to date recall information. My current go to site for details of […]

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FSMA Animal Feed Compliance – September 17, 2018

​​September 17, 2018 marks a big day for all animal feed facilities subject to the Food Safety Modernization Act.  Effective this day all sites must have implemented the cGMP requirements, small sites must be in compliant with the full rule and large businesses, which were to comply last September, will now be subject to routine […]

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FSMA 2018 Update

With the effective date of the Produce Safety Rule in January 2018 all 3 food and feed rules are now in use and members of our industry are working hard to implement the requirements and understand the impact to their business.  While the programs and requirements may seem daunting it is very likely that your […]

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September is Food Safety Month

September is Food Safety Month which leads us to consider the implications of food safety throughout the supply chain.  For the previous few years the emphasis has been shifting, or perhaps expanding is a better word, toward the farm.  We see more education, emphasis and visits being conducted at the farm – both animal and […]

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cGMP Implementation Deadline – September 2017

An important portion of FSMA to be implemented by animal feed mills is the application of cGMP’s consistent with the type of feed being manufactured. Some things you should know: The word ‘current’ indicates implementation of rules consistent with practices in place at the time of manufacture – meaning this is a living program requiring […]

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Is FSMA Going to Change under Trump?

With the inauguration of a new administration focused on reducing regulatory burden there has been much discussion about the potential effects on the Food Safety Modernization Act. Currently there has been no indication of any change of course by the FDA regarding ongoing implementation of the current programs but the rules are included in the […]

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Human Food versus Animal Feed

A common question these days from animal feed manufacturers is whether the FSMA regulation, and FDA themselves, understand the difference between human food and animal feed. There is justifiable concern that regulations are intended to move the animal feed industry toward the requirements of human food and most believe this is unwarranted. We as industry […]

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The Time is Now!

September 19, 2016 marked the date for the first wave of FSMA implementation for the largest of the food and feed companies under FDA jurisdiction. We should finally begin to have clarity into some of the requirements and expectations of the overall management program. To that end FDA has released a draft Guidance document for […]

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