This July, the PrimusGFS Version 3.0 was successfully benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and officially recognized against the GFSI Guidance Document 7.1 Edition. PrimusGFS is regarded as one the most recognized food safety auditing schemes in the Western Hemisphere, especially among fresh produce producers. PrimusGFS is a voluntary food safety standard that…
When evaluating accreditation management systems, the decision of on-premise or cloud-based can divide decision-makers. Below we discuss the pros and cons of both camps. While many solutions are leaning towards cloud-based these days, it’s important to evaluate the factors that matter most to your organization. We are going to look into the cost, security, scalability and user access regarding each option.
With recent scares of salmonella in Goldfish, Listeria outbreaks and beef recalls, it is important now more than ever to maintain vigilant about food safety. From farm to storefront, there has been a growing emphasis on quality, regulation, and consumer safety, and with the implementation of FSMA over the past few years, this focus has only…
Because of the complexity and range of the U.S. food and agricultural network, it is often more difficult to uncover definitive answers than an initial assessment indicates. As policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety Jaydee Hanson told Slate Magazine, “It is not unusual for it to take so long to track down the…
On April 13th, the FDA and the CDC issued statements warning consumers, retailers, and restaurants to avoid all romaine originating from the Yuma region in Arizona because of a possible connection to E. coli outbreaks that have been occurring for the past weeks. As of late April, the FDA was still working to resolve the outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce that has been steadily spreading throughout the nation.
Setting food safety objectives (FSOs) can be difficult, especially with all of the different categorizations, definitions, and exemptions that may apply to your facility. With so many different regulations and rule subsections, it can be easy to miss a requirement or accidentally construct an insufficient food safety plan. Nonetheless, it is imperative that the proper procedures are implemented and practiced in order to keep your consumers safe and happy.
In recent FSMA news, the latest deadline for compliance with the FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule is swiftly approaching. By April 6, 2018, small businesses are expected to be in compliance with the rule in order to pass FDA inspections.
This year, we blogged a lot about accreditation management operations because we see the same issues from organization to organization – disjointed processes leading to manual, timely tasks that slow down the accreditation cycle. Hopefully our past blogs on accreditation management can help guide your organization to a successful and more efficient 2017.
With the mobile nature of accreditation surveys and quality assessments, it makes sense to incorporate a mobile strategy in your auditing practices.
There are plenty of options out there when choosing smartphones and you should expect accreditation management software to work properly on any of them, not to mention larger format tablets. Many insist that the size or form-factor of even the largest smart phone is not adequate for the data collection activities that are necessary for an audit. It may be true that utilizing a smartphone to type up a full audit findings and recommendations report is less than ideal, but its usefulness in collecting information during the physical walkthrough or inspection should be considered.
After over 20 years of experience in accreditation, we have been able to talk to a number of organizations who have similar pain points. Whether it’s too many manual processes or disjointed systems, these accreditation bodies all express that they do not have enough time to focus on customer compliance. They are stuck with outdated processes that take up precious time, and, most commonly, they have too much on their plate. Download our new eBook, The Complete Guide to Creating an Efficient Accreditation Organization, to learn the top four critical elements that lead to more efficient operations within your organization resulting in time and resources saved across the board.