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Guidance on Certification
Mettler Toledo’s “Food Safety and Quality and the Trend Towards Certification” whitepaper gives an overview of the regulatory and consumer pressures behind increasing food safety certification. It looks at the GFSI benchmarks as well as the four accepted standards most widely used—the BRC Global Standard, FSSC 22000, International Featured Standard, and SQF 2000. The whitepaper helps manufactures find the standard that best suits their market needs and customer preferences. It also indicates parameters that can be used to evaluate the most appropriate certification standard to pursue. Go to www.mt.com/uk-foodsafetyquality for a copy.
New Traceability Readiness Programs
Two new readiness programs are available from GS1 US to help companies in the food industry implement and improve product traceability processes by leveraging GS1 Standards: The Seafood Traceability Readiness Program and the Dairy, Deli, Bakery Traceability Readiness Program. Companies that subscribe to these self-paced, online programs will learn how to establish or enhance an effective traceability program; identify, capture, and share product data along the supply chain with GS1 Standards; improve business efficiencies; and gain visibility into supply chains. Companies will also understand how to comply with traceability-related requirements of the Bioterrorism Act and the FSMA.
AUFSI Achieves ‘Institute” Status
The Auburn University Food Systems Initiative (AUFSI) recently accomplished the goal of becoming an institute thanks in part to its multi-disciplinary faculty and successful ventures, including bringing in some $11 million in extramural funding. AUFSI is dedicatedto improving the food system, which includes the growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food. The institute, jointly funded by the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Office of the Vice President for Research, brings experts from a variety of disciplines and departments together in order to collaborate on improving the safety and quality of the U.S. food supply.
Establishing a Food Defense Plan
Available free of charge from the FDA, the Food Defense Plan Builder is a software program designed to assist owners and operators of food facilities in developing personalized food defense plans. This tool harnesses existing FDA tools, guidance, and resources into one single application in order to protect food products against intentional contamination incidents. To download, go to www.fda.gov/food/fooddefense.
Produce Recall Ready Program
United Fresh’s expanded Recall Ready Program services now includes new training and education opportunities that leverage the expertise of the food industry‘s leading professionals in food safety, legal and regulatory counsel, and crisis communication. The Recall Ready Risk Management Webinar and Recall Ready Training Workshops are designed to help produce industry companies prepare for and respond to virtually any recall event.
AOCS Receives A2LA Accreditation
The A2LA (American Association for Laboratory Accreditation) Program accredits American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) for its Reference Material Producers. Formal accreditation ensures AOCS Certified Reference Materials (CRM) are produced and handled according to the criteria outlined in the ISO Guide 34:2009. The AOCS CRM program provides control materials for third-party qualitative testing of transformation events in agricultural commodities derived through modern biotechnology.
Food Safety Applications Guide
Phenomenex’s 92-page Food Safety Solutions guide is available in print and digital format. It presents 41 complete applications for all of the frequently requested food compound classes and draws on all analytical techniques—sample preparation, HPLC, UHPLC, LC/MS, and GC/MS. The guide contains sections on analysis of contaminants, pesticide residues, allergens, and fraudulent practices. Requests for the guide can be made at www.phenomenex.com/FSguide.