After your necessary GMP programs and have been implemented, HACCP plans can be developed for your GFSI scheme. But how do you get started?
HACCP’s principles are prevalent across all segments of food production and are primarily concerned with raw materials, products, and processes, and often are mandated by large brands to their suppliers, and suppliers’ suppliers. Additionally, HACCP’s principles have been integrated into all GFSI and audit scheme requirements, including BRC Global Standards.
The CDC estimates that roughly 48 million people fall victim to foodborne illness each year, which results in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. This is why food safety is a major concern for those involved in the food industry, and why we are now faced with the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years—the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). But let’s take a step back for a second…
In a recent TraceGains’ webinar titled, ”Expediting the Audit Process,” Christina Petrlik-Siegel, Supplier Quality Manager at TIC Gums, shared audit strategies efficiently navigate and expedite the audit process. During the Question & Answer segment, Petrlik-Siegel suggested that “low hanging fruit” (obvious errors the any auditor will catch) should be eliminated because, “If you give them (auditors) something, or leave something, they will dig deeper. It’s not like they have a quota to find something, and then they’ll stop…they’ll just keep digging and digging and digging.
Berner Food & Beverage, Inc. The company is best known as a private label supplier of quality food and beverage products to a majority of the top retail chains across all trade channels. Although the company roots were in producing Swiss cheese nearly seventy year ago, the company’s state of the art facility (USDA approved, SQF2000 Level 3, HACCP certified) produces a complete line of dips, cheese sauces, and best-selling beverage items; Berner Foods is the leading U.S. producer of private label Aerosol Cheese, Jar Cheese, retort Salsa Con Queso and shelf stable dips, retort Alfredo sauces, retort Iced Latte and Coffee Energy beverages.
Despite the positive influence and guidance set forth by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), one-third of all food manufacturers have yet to start on the GFSI journey and another third are still in the beginning stages - that's two-thirds of the whole industry!
Why should food manufacturers care about GFSI? How does GFSI relate to FSMA? We asked respected journalist Heather Angus-Lee to share her insight into these questions and others.