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FSVP compliance with FSMA achievable with A, B, C approach

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Provisions of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration, were enacted in 2015. They mandate that foreign suppliers provide the same level of food safety protection for their products as domestic suppliers are required to provide for theirs. This is needed as outbreaks of foodborne illness continue to occur both… Continue Reading

FDA warnings sent to seafood processors, importer, restaurant

Three seafood processors, one seafood importer, and a seafood restaurant in California, Texas and New York, are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety rules. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in June and October, and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working… Continue Reading

FDA warns dairy, bakery, canned food and seafood operators

A Georgia dairy, a Massachusetts bakery, a Texas low-acid food processor, and Alabama seafood processor are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety laws. The FDA sent warning letters to each of the companies in September and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working days to… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Tacoma fish factory, St. Paul bakery cited

Listeria monocytogenes growing on equipment and other surfaces in a Tacoma, WA, fish processing plant and filthy conditions with evidence of insect infestations in a St. Paul, MN, bakery earned business owners warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration recently. In the most recent batch of warning letters made public by the FDA, federal… Continue Reading

IoT = Smarter kitchens, smarter business, safer food for all

The third in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

Lunch rush is just hitting full swing as a party of four walks into a buzzing fast-casual restaurant for a quick bite. After placing their orders, one of them is handed a coaster sized sensor. Hitting up the soda fountain before finding a seat, the group decides to escape the crowded indoors for the outdoor… Continue Reading

FDA warning: Iceland’s Fisk Seafood still trying to get it right

Fisk Seafood in Iceland has not yet resolved all of its issues with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA inspected the seafood processing facility on Sept. 12 and 13, 2016, finding serious violations of the U.S. seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations. FDA issued a Form-483 report on its inspection observations… Continue Reading

Federal judge for eastern Michigan sends Scotty’s to sidelines for repairs

A Detroit area sandwich distributor is now under a federal court’s permanent injunction with orders to clean up its act. Scotty’s Inc. and co-owner and manager Sandra L. Jackson cannot — under terms of the injunction — receive, prepare, process, pack, hold or distribute any of their ready-to eat sandwich products until they complete a… Continue Reading

New normal this fall: Assess, control, verify and document

The movement of U.S. food safety efforts away from a reactive, punitive measures to a preventive system of safeguards has many food company owners fizzing. The Food Safety Modernization Act — known as FSMA in written materials and pronounced “fizz-ma” by business and regulatory people — is the source of the trepidation along the food… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters include violations with juice, dairy cows

A variety of violations of federal laws are the topic of warning letters recently sent to food companies by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Following are details of warnings sent to companies in late March and made public in recent days by the FDA. Kostechka Dairy LLC, Whitelaw, WI — FDA inspected the dairy… Continue Reading

Extra certification courses precede Food Safety Summit this year

When someone who’s been in the food auditing industry since before GFS1 says this is the year to attend the annual Food Safety Summit, you know something’s up. “This summit is unique,” said Patricia Wester, owner of PA Wester Consulting and instructor for the Food Safety Auditor Training certification course set for the two days… Continue Reading