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What does All Natural mean to you?  The current adage is ask 10 people and get 10 different answers.  Actually whether you know what all natural means also depends largely upon your background and your knowledge. As anyone who reads this site regularly, you know that my background is meat and poultry.  I’ve worked in […]

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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 To that end FDA has released a draft Guidance document for […]

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cGMPs – current Good Manufacturing Practices

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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HARPC – What To Include?

Still struggling to make the connection between your HACCP plan and the FDA mandated HARPC? While some of the expectations are still a bit gray, and will be until we start to see enforcement from FDA, it is possible to take some active steps to bring your overall plan into compliance.  The stressed difference is […]

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FSMA & cGMPs

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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