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    Chelsey Davis

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    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:

    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.

    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.

    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: 

    FSMA and the New Congress: What’s Likely and Unlikely to Happen

    With this post, we’d like to say that we're not trying to make a political statement for or against anyone. We're simply trying to assess the new dynamics unfolding in Washington and how that might affect the companies we serve. We consistently see a lot of interaction from various government agencies with TraceGains content, and we appreciate the work that you've done and continue to do to implement FSMA. It's important work and we know your jobs aren't easy. With that said, we invited Marc Sanchez, FDA and regulatory attorney, to help us sort out the likely and unlikely.

    Friday Food News: Campbell’s Egg-Less Mayo, FReSH, and Upcoming Webinars

    From the Campbell Soup Company announcing its latest venture, to a couple of upcoming webinars taking place soon, below are this week’s interesting reads:

    SQF in 2016: A Recap of Recall Stats and How to Move Forward in 2017

    Now that 2016 is behind us, we are able to reflect on the year’s progress and shortcomings. To help us better understand this from SQF’s perspective, we invited LeAnn Chuboff, Senior Technical Director for Safe Quality Food Institute, to discuss a quick recap of the compliance activities (recalls, top non-conformities, etc.) SQF saw in 2016.

    Friday Food News: Trump Names Secretary of Agriculture, Preventive Controls Class, and Guidance for Sprouts

    From the announcement of Trump finally selected a nominee for secretary of agriculture to FDA issuing a draft guidance for sprout operations, below are this week’s interesting reads: