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FDA Sent These 6 Warning Letters to Food Companies | May 2018

We took a snapshot of the 6 warning letters the FDA sent to food companies last month. Food violations ranged from companies failing to have personnel conform to hygienic practices while on duty to companies failing to clean and sanitize utensils. From companies in the Carolinas, New York, and more, here they are: Performance Nutrition Formulators LLC d.b.a. VMI [...]

By | 2018-06-11T15:06:09+00:00 June 11th, 2018|CGMP, FDA Warning Letters, Food, FSMA|

FDA Sent These 4 Warning Letters for Food Companies | April 2018

We took a snapshot of the 4 warning letters the FDA sent to food companies last month. Food violations ranged from products containing a poisonous or deleterious substance to companies failing to have an HACCP plan. From companies in Washington, Kansas, and more, here they are: Arrow Reliance Inc., Tukwila, Washington – 1 violation: Products are adulterated under section 402(a)(1) [...]

By | 2018-05-29T17:01:12+00:00 May 29th, 2018|CGMP, FDA Warning Letters, Food, FSMA|

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 [...]