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Improving Import Food Safety
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, the recently released Improving Import Food Safety book gathers together vital information on the food safety programs of national governments, the food industry, and the testing industry. Chapters have been contributed by authors from the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Readers will learn about a variety of regulatory approaches to food safety at the federal and state levels in the U.S., as well as in selected countries and within the food industry itself. They will also gain insights into the nature and source of safety problems, in addition to approaches to food safety around the world.
Online CORE HACCP Series
CERT ID is offering CORE HACCP online courses that are recognized by the International HACCP Alliance. These self-paced courses are ideal for HACCP team leaders, team members, or anyone responsible for monitoring and verification activities required to maintain a HACCP plan. CERT ID CORE HACCP helps students quickly understand what they can do to identify and control the possible food safety hazards that might impact the safety and quality of finished products. A few learning objectives include understanding how Good Manufacturing Practices support a successful HACCP plan, and learning what documents are required for a HACCP plan and how to write them in plain English. Course information is available on the new CERT ID online shop (www.cert-id.com/Online-Shop.aspx).
Pollution Insurance Protection
To recover from accidental ammonia discharges, pathogen contamination, or wastewater treatment gone awry, the food and beverage industry now has a new pollution insurance policy option from XL Group’s Environmental team that helps address environmental liability, cleanup, and disaster response concerns. XL Group’s Environmental Food and Beverage Industry policy adds protection for both disinfection and disaster response expenses including costs to clean and disinfect storage areas and processing equipment, disaster response advisory expenses, medical expenses, and temporary living expenses.
Best Practices for Stored Grains
Many of the world’s leading experts on food and commodity storage have combined their efforts in a new publication that is available from Kansas State University. The book, Stored Product Protection, provides the industry’s most updated guidelines for safely storing durable food (or, food not needing refrigeration) and raw commodities, as well as managing the pests that can potentially contaminate stored foods. It covers such topics as biology and ecology of insects, molds and vertebrates in storage systems; pests of grains and legumes, dried fruit and nuts; prevention and monitoring of pests; economics; regulations; marketing of stored commodities; insect-resistant packaging; and more.
GFSI Recognizes GLOBALG.A.P.’s Standards and GAA
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has recognized the GLOBALG.A.P. North America Inc.’s (GGNA) Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA V4.0 - Fruit & Vegetables Sub-scope) and Produce Safety Standard (PSS V4.0) according to GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition, BI and D Scopes (Farming of Plants and Pre-Processing Handling of Plants respectively), for food safety and traceability.
In addition, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) Seafood Processing Standard Issue 2 (August 2012) has been successfully re-benchmarked by GFSI and has achieved recognition against the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition.
Release of SQF Code, Edition 7.1
Edition 7.1 of the SQF Code applies to all industry sectors and replaces the SQF 2000 Code edition 6 and SQF 1000 Code edition 5. A few significant changes include the addition of the feed and pet food modules (modules 3 and 4) and the harmonized produce standard (module 7H); the requirement for auditors to review the entire facility, regardless of the scope of certification (Part A, 2.7); the addition of a requirement for facilities to report all regulatory warning letters to SQF (Part A, 5.3); and an added element that requires the facility to follow the requirements of Appendix 3: SQF Quality Shield and Logo Rules of Use (126.96.36.199). Edition 7.1 takes effect on July 1, 2013, to which the new modules will be available for use.