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New FDA commissioner reassigns inspectors by specialty

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New Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is reassigning inspectors based on what they inspect instead of where they inspect it, as has been the plan for four years. It does not mean any change in the 4,000 inspectors assigned by FDA to inspect domestic and foreign facilities or to respond to consumer complaints…. Continue Reading

FSMA tops ‘Hot Topics’ at 2017 Food Safety Summit keynote

Speakers on the keynote panel at the 2017 Food Safety Summit were, from left, moderator Dane Bernard of Bold Bear Food Safety; Kathy Gombas formerly of FDA; Dave Gombas formerly of United Fresh Produce Association; Craig Wilson of Costco Wholesale Corporation; Jeffery Steger of the Department of Justice; and Shawn Stevens of Food Industry Counsel LLC.

CHICAGO — On a keynote panel mostly about the angst being felt around food safety, Costco’s Craig Wilson was the calmest guy in the house. And why not? When Wilson, Costco Wholesale Corporation’s vice president for food safety, asked those in the 1,000-seat theater if any of them had Costco cards, half to two-thirds raised their hands…. Continue Reading

FDA permits three exceptions from sanitary transportation rule

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  has published three waivers  to the now final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the  Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The waivers are for businesses whose transportation operations are subject to separate State-Federal controls. They include: Businesses holding valid permits that are inspected under the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Grade… Continue Reading

States need $100M more for Food Safety Modernization Act

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President Trump may have proposed a “skinny budget” for most domestic spending, including food and agricultural program for the next fiscal year, but nobody is taking it seriously. Congress always reacts to presidential budgets with the same three words: “Dead on Arrival.” For more serious guide posts, it’s always better to look at what the serious… Continue Reading

Auditor credential program added to Food Safety Summit

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Professionals in the food safety auditing arena are exercising practical application of the old adage if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem with the launch of a credentialing program. The course work and independent exam have been in the work for six years and will debut at the 2017 Food… Continue Reading

The Produce Rule comes into focus at Food Safety Summit

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Few things are certain in farming and no amount of planning can prevent or undo the damage of an untimely hail storm or hard freeze. But there’s one thing one thing produce growers and packers already know about the 2018 season. They know whether they are among the 35,000 operations that must comply with new… Continue Reading

Three things to expect during unannounced FDA inspections

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It’s not a question of if, but when, officials with the Food and Drug Administration will show up at any given food company for an unannounced inspection, with any violations outlined in a Form 483 that is handed off to company representatives as inspectors head out the door. While the Form 483 itself is essentially… Continue Reading

More delay for Produce Safety Rule as industry balks over water testing

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Water testing standards that are a key part of the produce safety requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are undergoing a quiet review that could extend the compliance date for the Produce Safety Rule beyond January 2018. Produce industry leaders learned  in mid-February during a meeting with U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials… Continue Reading

Food industry wants Congress to fund FSMA enforcement

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Food safety appropriations for last year are like the high water marks for the next fiscal year budget and congressional appropriators are now being urged not to back off just as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) just as it is being implemented. A couple dozen major food companies and trade associations Wednesday dropped a… Continue Reading

4 ways IOT is supporting the food industry

This is the last in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

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A sensor, internet connection and the ability to communicate: These are the three ingredients that make up the Internet of Things technology. IOT is gaining rapid steam, with companies such as global communication giants, Ericsson and Cisco, making projections of as many of 50 billion devices connected by IOT by 2020. While estimations vary to… Continue Reading