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A Look Into the Foreign Food Facility Inspection Program

Due to a recent push by the FDA for more foreign food inspections, it is important that all foreign facilities are up to par. No matter what capacity they contribute in (packing, processing, or holding food) these facilities are subject to inspection by the FDA. It can be difficult to navigate new requirements for foreign facilities under FSMA, but [...]

By | 2018-04-19T15:36:57+00:00 April 19th, 2018|cGMP Quality Assurance and FDA 483s, FDAzilla, Food, FSMA|

3 Strategies to Monitor 1,000+ Suppliers

There is no denying the complexities of FSMA and the demands it places on large companies in the food industry. In-depth record-keeping accompanying extensive preventative control measures are a headache for food processors - at best. The real complications enter, however, when the responsibility of large companies increases exponentially with the requirement of an FSVP. It is difficult to [...]

By | 2018-04-11T14:14:50+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Food, FSMA, Supplier Management|

The 8 Best Articles for FSMA Preparation

FSMA compliance takes a lot of work and determining exactly what food processors, growers, importers, or others in the industry should be doing is something that experts have been writing about. Some articles are purely informational while others provide definitive steps forward. We’ve compiled 8 of the best below: 1. FSMA in a Nutshell In the whirlwind of details [...]

By | 2018-04-03T12:36:11+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|cGMP Quality Assurance and FDA 483s, Food, FSMA|

Deep Dive into FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

FSMA (which was signed into law in 2011) laid out many new demands for food processors in the United States. One aspect of FSMA was shifting the responsibility of food safety onto importers by requiring a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) to monitor all foreign suppliers. With this complex system in place, it is important to avoid the pitfalls [...]

FDA Sent These 6 Warning Letters for Food Companies | March 2018

We took a snapshot of the 6 warning letters the FDA sent to food companies this month. Food violations ranged from failing to wear beard covers to failing to exclude pests from food plants. From companies in Seattle, New York, and more, here they are: A.C. Calderoni & Co., Brisbane, CA - 3 violations: Firm failed to have a [...]

By | 2018-03-29T16:36:35+00:00 March 29th, 2018|FDA Warning Letters, FDAzilla, Food|

What Can Mid-Sized Food Companies Learn About FSMA from the Big Shots?

FSMA, signed into law by President Obama in 2011, made sweeping reforms within the food industry. For some, these reforms were necessary to enact sooner than others based on differing compliance dates. Large food companies came first, to be followed by smaller businesses. So how can mid-sized food companies look to those that have already been through the wringer [...]

By | 2018-03-21T12:52:24+00:00 March 21st, 2018|FDA Inspections, FOOD - Featured, FSMA|

5 Things No One is Talking About Regarding FSMA

FSMA is a hot topic and the internet is constantly flooded with explanations, tips, and a lot of discussion. But what is missing from the discussion? Here are 5 things that have been overlooked in the headlines and the compliance frenzy: 1. Who has the upper hand? Although FSMA affects food suppliers as a whole, the requirements set some [...]

The FDA is Coming Tomorrow. Are You Ready to Answer These 10 Questions About Your Foreign Suppliers?

With all of the new requirements of FSMA, it can be difficult to know where to focus with your FSVP. Would you be ready for an FDA inspection tomorrow? Here are 10 important questions to ask yourself to ensure that your foreign suppliers are on the right track: 1. Does FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program apply to me? If [...]

By | 2018-04-26T13:59:04+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Food, FSMA, Supplier Management|

FSMA Inspection Checklist – What to Do 30 days, 30 hours, and 30 minutes Before Your Inspection

All of the articles and tips flying around the food industry regarding FSMA almost sound like a ticking clock -- reminding us that inspections are just around the corner. Practical steps for compliance are a necessity and most can be prioritized according to a certain time frame. In this article, we will discuss what should be accomplished 30 days, [...]

By | 2018-03-06T12:09:34+00:00 February 26th, 2018|CGMP, FDA Inspections, FDA-Regulated Industry, Food, FSMA|