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    Supply Chain Visibility and Supplier Scorecards: What You Need to Know

    Supply chain visibility (SCV) is the ability of parts, components or products in transit to be tracked from the manufacturer to their final destination. According to TechTarget, the primary objective of SCV is to improve the availability of data to stakeholders and customers alike, ultimately strengthening and improving the supply chain.

    TraceGains Is Attending Food Safety Summit. Are You?

    One way to determine the efficacy of attending any food safety convention, tradeshow, or conference is to consider the media partners at the event.  Dairy Foods, Food Engineering, National Provisioner, Prepared Foods, and Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery are just some of the media outlets at the upcoming Food Safety Summit held May 8 – 11, 2017 in Rosemont, Illinois.

    How to Have a World Class Allergen Management Program

    Purchasing ingredients from suppliers does not ensure sources are equally stringent about allergen management. To reduce this liability, food manufacturers are requiring suppliers to have a unique allergen map and lettered documentation declaring that the items being purchased are free from contact with food allergens. The FDA food label law currently recognizes the top eight (Big 8) food allergens as:

    Preventive Controls Qualified Individual: One Size Does Not Fit All Food Manufacturers

    The FDA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation was published on September 17, 2015. It applies to facilities required to register with FDA under section 415 of the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act, and these facilities must comply if they manufacture, process, pack, or hold human food. Compliance with this rule became mandatory for large firms in September 2016, and compliance deadlines for “small businesses” (September 18, 2017) is quickly approaching. For this particular FSMA regulation, food companies are required to have a food safety plan in place, and this plan needs to be developed by a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).

    GMO Labeling May be Dead on Arrival Due to Trump Requirement

    While President Obama signed into law a labeling provision disclosure for bioengineered foods, amending the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.), that is all up for grabs with the new administration. The Trump Administration’s latest executive orders have effectively prevented the USDA from putting GMO food labeling rules into effect.

    Are Consumers Responsible for Driving FSMA’s FSVP?

    In a roundabout way, yes. In the globalized food industry where complex supply chains are common, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) seems to have been introduced at an appropriate time for Americans.

    Transparency, Collaboration, and Leadership Spotlighted During Global Food Safety Conference

    The annual Global Food Safety Conference has come to a close and TraceGains was thrilled to be a part of the action. Nearly 1200 food safety leaders from 54 countries around the world were in attendance to discuss critical food safety concepts and forward-thinking initiatives to help make our industry safer, more collaborative, more transparent, and more efficient.

    Lean Manufacturing and Food Safety: Eliminating Waste with Lean Production Flow

    CPGs (consumer packaged goods), especially those within the food industry, operate on thin margins. Saving waste in food production of one percent can shift the profitability paradigm quickly. For this reason, the practice of lean manufacturing, which started in the automotive arena, has fully invaded food manufacturing best practices.

    The Trump Administration or Whistleblowers: Which Might Have More Impact on FSMA Compliance?

    For small businesses, defined by the FDA as a business that employs fewer than 500 persons, there are fewer than 200 days left to become compliant with FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Human/Animal Food rules (the actual compliance deadline is September 18, 2017).

    Friday Food News: The FDA Has Been Busy

    From the FDA announcing it is seeking comments on foods derived from genome edited plants, to the agency removing thousands of expired food facility registrations, below are this week’s interesting reads: