Matthew Passannante

Recent Posts

Preventive Controls Qualified Individual: The What, Who, Why and How

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control (HARPC) rule relies heavily upon tasks performed by a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” (PCQI).

Our 2020 Recall Review

With 2020 behind us, we can look back and assess the state of recalls for food and beverage. Due to the pandemic, the numbers deviate from prior years but still paint a clear picture of where the industry needs to focus moving forward.  

Food Contact Packaging: Quality and Safety Considerations

Ask any company in the food manufacturing industry, and they’ll tell you food safety is their top priority. Achieving proper food safety requires a commitment to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) to ensure food products meet the appropriate...

6 Steps to Help Cut Sodium in Product Formulations

The average American consumes 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium every day. These levels are nearly 50% higher than the 2,300 mg limit set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Food Safety and Packaging: What Do CPGs Expect of Suppliers?

Food packaging serves many significant roles supporting the safety and quality of the foods we eat. It protects food from harm, provides valuable ingredient information, catches the customer's eye, warns of potential dangers (including common...

Food, Beverage, and Supplements 2021 Innovation Trends

From supply chain transparency to all things plant-based, we've compiled a list of food, beverage, and dietary supplement trends shaping product innovation in 2021.

Allergens & FSMA: What You Need To Know

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) established many updated essential regulations. Still, allergen controls and the revised Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that support them could arguably be some of the most important. FSMA’s Hazard...

Better Supply Chain Transparency Through Accountability

Today's food-savvy consumer requires more information about the origin of their food, the production process, and the business's care to ensure sustainability. Though it is common to see food manufacturers invest in technology to improve supply...


FDA Attorney Marc Sanchez is a frequent national speaker on FDA compliance issues affecting the food, dietary supplements, and medical devices industries, and is also widely considered a leading voice in understanding the Food Safety...

What Is FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule All About?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Produce Safety covers science-based standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption. Widely considered one of the more technical FSMA rules,...