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Local Health Departments Gain Accreditation From New Independent Board

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) awarded five-year accreditation status earlier this week to nine public health departments across the country. The national public health accrediting body is jointly funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A total of 31 state and local public health… Continue Reading

Investing in Quality Assurance: A Tea Industry Perspective

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When QTrade Teas & Herbs’ Level 2 SQF Institute food safety and quality system review is complete this month, a well-deserved holiday rest awaits. For now, QTrade is fully engaged in audit preparations while filling orders without delay. Inspectors will spend two days completing their document assessment of the 70,000-square-foot facility in Cerritos, CA, where… Continue Reading

FDA Extends Comment Deadlines on Two FSMA Rules

Those interested in commenting on two parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – the foreign supplier verification program for importers and the accreditation of third-party auditors rule – will now have an additional two months to make their voices heard. Comments on the two proposed rules will now be accepted through Jan. 27,… Continue Reading

Food Testing: Accreditation a Growing Trend Among Food Labs

Back in the 1980s, the pharmaceutical industry grappled with the prospect of requiring testing laboratories to receive accreditation, a certification of credibility according to a qualifying body. Some labs were following international standards, while others set their own standards, and, as a result, there was no minimum level of quality which any of them were… Continue Reading