– Opinion –

By Erica Sheward
Director, Global Food Safety Initiative at The Consumer Goods Forum

At the heart of equitable and sustainable food systems is food safety. Everyone has the right to access safe and nutritious food yet an estimated 600 million people each year fall ill after eating
Continue Reading Food safety auditors are crucial to our food system – and we need more of them

A survey has found a preference for keeping remote or blended audits, assessments and evaluations.

A joint International Accreditation Forum (IAF), International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) poll in August looked at views on virtual assessment techniques that were used during COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Continue Reading Survey supports continued use of remote option for audits


Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Statistical Process Control (SPC) programs are not new concepts in manufacturing. For decades, they’ve been helping companies gauge efficiency and address issues that decrease efficiency.

How that data is being collected and connected, however, is being revolutionized by technology, giving manufacturing plant managers access
Continue Reading Plant management software: The right tools to make the job easier

There is a declining trend in food controls and the resources allocated to them across Europe, according to a consumer group.

The European Consumer Organization (BEUC) analyzed reports submitted by 12 member states on official control activities to identify trends from the information submitted over several years. The organization is
Continue Reading Consumer group finds decline in EU food safety controls, funding


Day after day, I watch the list of foodborne illness casualties accumulate.  As a food safety expert, I receive a ridiculous number of recall alerts and foodborne illness outbreak notices daily.  And I watch in amazement as the food service industry continues to be in denial about our country’s
Continue Reading Will the foodservice industry ever knock down it’s brick wall of denial?

Fresh produce growers in the U.S. will have an easier time exporting fruits and vegetables now that an international group has given its stamp of approval to a federal food safety audit program.

The nod from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced Monday grants technical equivalency to the USDA’s
Continue Reading Global group says US food safety audit program is OK; fresh produce exports should increase