As states lift stay-at-home orders, the collective conversation has moved to "the new normal." We’ve adapted the way we live, work, and play in the COVID-19 era, but what are the next steps? One thing is clear, success in the COVID-19 economy requires new strategies and execution plans.

TraceGains CEO Gary Nowacki and industry expert, Melanie Neumann, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Matrix Sciences International, will share ways to mitigate risk while protecting employees and consumers and share insight on how companies can gain competitive advantage through new sales and marketing channels.

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On April 3rd, the FDA announced temporary policies regarding compliance with FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote inspections are underway, with companies in NY and CA recently receiving FDA warnings. What do the current requirements mean for your business and how can you ensure your foreign suppliers are appropriately assessed and managed? It’s important to remain vigilant with your food safety program and keep your customers safe now more than ever. Please join us with James Chu, Supplier Quality Manager for John B. Sanfilippo & Son, for a closer look at how to comply with FSVP temporary policy updates.

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Commitment to quality is critical to keeping your customers happy and safe. Too many businesses are overwhelmed by the compliance document management required and time spent on audit prep requires resources that could focus on more strategic projects. Learn how global hemp company, Ecofibre, whose products include cannabinoid oil, nutraceuticals, and hemp-derived food, established a centralized quality management system and achieved an A grade against the version 8 BRCGS accreditation. Join Kieren Brown, Ecofibre/Ananda Food Managing Director, and TraceGains Quality Management experts for a meaningful discussion on how to empower quality teams on the plant floor by centralizing and digitizing quality control and safety documentation and information.

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Grocery and Private Label Retail Supply Chain Survival Tips

Demand for food remains high, but retailers are eyeing an uncertain future. Retailers must look towards emerging consumer preferences and broader market trends to plot a course forward. More Americans are buying food online, but how smoothly is that going? Will anyone in desperate need of essential items whose order got rescheduled five times and then canceled want to repeat this experience? Even if online buying habits continue, curb side pick-up and delivery will likely outpace a 100% online experience. Watch this recorded webinar to learn how to source faster and speed up new product development.

Safety and Sanitation for Food Plants During COVID-19

To protect the health of workers and customers, U.S. food and supplement manufacturers are strict about sanitation. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the issue even more critical as our country works to contain this crisis. In addition to rigorous sanitation practices, manufacturers must increase efforts to sanitize and maintain hygienic conditions. Strong sanitation programs can ensure product safety and quality. Watch this recording, featuring Jesse Leal, Food Safety Auditor with AIB International and the TraceGains team to discuss the latest best practices to keep your employees and customers safe.

How to Make Better Supply Chain Decisions in the Age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left food and dietary supplement companies scrambling to gain market and supply chain insight to make decisions. TraceGains and its network of suppliers, manufacturers, and experts are coming together to help companies navigate the current threat. Listen to this recorded webinar with speakers Dr. Amy Kircher from the University of Minnesota, Stephanie Lopez, VP of Operations at AIB International, and Gary Nowacki, TraceGains CEO, for insight on supply chain threats and what you can do today to protect your business and emerge stronger.

Solution Spotlight: Networked Specification Management

We hear from a lot of companies that creating and maintaining raw material and finished goods specifications takes too long. One hurdle companies face is effective collaboration across departments. When it comes to suppliers, the slow-motion collaboration bogs down further. Most businesses still rely on static tools such as spreadsheets, shared drives, and sluggish databases to manage specifications, making it difficult to track progress and status. If you’re managing specifications like this, there’s a better way.

Be Prepared for Intentional Adulteration Rule Inspections

The FDA's Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule went into effect March of 2020. The FSMA final rule on IA is designed to address hazards that may be intentionally introduced. Covered facilities must implement and verify food defense plans that identify and mitigate risks. In this recorded webinar, Earl Arnold, AIB International Global Manager for Food Safety and FSMA, provides an overview of the regulatory requirements, details on the three vulnerability assessment methodologies, and how to calculate public health impact.

Coronavirus: How to Avoid Supply Chain Interruption

As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread out from China and across the globe, the supply chain finds itself operating under the shadow of an unprecedented threat. Supply chain leaders and partners must take steps quickly to avoid further disruption of food, beverage, and dietary supplement production now, while preparing against future incidents. TraceGains hosted a webinar on Feb. 27, 2020, to show available tools that can help avoid supply chain interruptions and keep plants operational during this trying time.

Are You Ready for BRCGS Packaging Audits?

BRCGS Materials Packaging Issue 6 started in February 2020. While the standard continues to focus on risk analysis-based safety programs and supporting quality management systems, it's evolved to better align with the Global Food Safety Initiative. There's now a significant focus on good manufacturing practices and better risk management through Hazard Analysis Risk Assessment (HARA) to prevent, eliminate or reduce quality hazards. Join BRC Americas Director John Kukoly to learn the latest developments and how to implement them.

Strategic Compliance for the CBD Supply Chain: Dos and Don'ts

The Hemp-derived CBD category is undergoing explosive expansion and the market opportunities are enormous, but what is the regulatory path going forward? More is known about the Don'ts, but there are some clear Dos and some strategic Dos to consider. This webinar will explore the landscape surrounding the development of GMP standards, how federal agencies view CBD now, what federal compliance for CBD products may evolve into, and risk considerations for industry members as they navigate the supply chain process.

Labeling Changes 2020

The deadline for updating Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels has passed. ESHA Research regulatory director Elizabeth Salvo discusses clarification of the changes and the challenges they present, while providing tips on how to establish a unified approach across your supply chain to ensure compliance.

Food Regulations 101

Food Regulations 101 cover the basics of food regulations so your employees don’t have to struggle to learn them the hard way. FDA attorney Marc Sanchez discusses the primary regulatory agencies in the United States, what is regulated and why, sources of law, and practical suggestions to put that regulatory knowledge into practice.

FSSC 22000 Version 5 Update

FSSC 22000 published a newly developed Version 5 update to the GFSI scheme back in June 2019. Watch this webinar, featuring Jacqueline Southee with FSSC 2200, to betterunderstand the major differences and how to best implement the standard changes to your own Food Safety Management System.

Chemical Food Risks

Food and beverage products can contain mixtures of thousands of individual chemicals that confer a variety of characteristics. Watch this webinar with regulatory expert Martin Slayne to learn about issues with these chemicals and how to effectively assess, manage, and communicate the associated risks.

Natural Doesn't Always Mean Safe

U.S. consumption of dietary supplements is on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Consumer confidence must be protected to ensure continued success. Tim Lombardo, Lead Staff Scientist with Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation, discusses top “at risk” supplements, as well as the increasing availability of CBD-infused supplements and the FDA's current position on these products.

Bioengineered Food Disclosure

Anyone responsible for food labeling and regulatory compliance who needs to understand how the new labeling requirements for bioengineered foods and ingredients will affect their products – and ingredients – will appreciate this timely update. Join AIB International’s Food Labeling Services Manager, Elaine Meloan, for this bioengineered food labeling training, featuring real-world examples.

FSMA Intentional Adulteration Final Rule

The FSMA Intentional Adulteration final rule goes into effect this July. The essential part of this regulation is that an establishment must have a fully implemented and effective Food Defense Plan. Bill Theis, with Quality Culture Partners, discusses how to prepare your food defense plan and ensure your business is safeguarded against harmful intentional adulteration.

Solution Spotlight: Audit Management

This webinar highlights Audit Management – the only network-connected, SaaS-based audit management system in the industry. Audit Management digitizes and streamlines the audit process for all facilities and suppliers. With an optimized interface, users can schedule, conduct, and track audits on a single platform with any device.

Solution Spotlight: Customer Management

This special presentation highlights our Customer Management solution. The Customer Management module provides visibility and control for all your customers’ data. Want the Broker/Distributor PassThru™ feature?
Then you need Customer Management.

Solution Spotlight: Supplier Compliance

This webinar highlights our Supplier Compliance product and demonstrates how to use the module for real-time data on your supply chain. Learn how Supplier Compliance acts as your early warning system and extends visibility across from purchase orders, to production, all the way to your suppliers’ shipping docks.

Solution Spotlight: Quality Management

This session highlights Quality Management and demonstrates how the software offers a real-time look into your plant floor. Whether you’re focused on maintaining FSMA compliance, responding to customer audits, or complying with GFSI-certified programs, you can handle it with Quality Management.

Recipe for a Successful PCQI Team

F&B companies are required to have a certified PCQI as part of the Food Safety Program, but it is still up to the entire business to understand and follow the rules. Join this webinar to discover similarities and differences between the HAACP and FSMA Food Safety team and who in the company should be part of the cross-functional team. Understand the specific rules and responsibilities of the PCQI team and have your questions answered by a leading FSMA, HAACP instructor and consultant.

BRC Issue 8

The requirements of the BRC Global Standard Issue 8 were an evolution from earlier releases, with a continued emphasis on management commitment, a HACCP-based food safety plan, and supporting quality management systems. The goal has been to direct the focus of the audit toward the implementation of good manufacturing practices within the production areas, with additional emphasis on areas that typically lead to recalls. Watch this to learn about the key changes and how to remain compliant.

Solution Spotlight: Smart Alerts

Food, beverage, and dietary supplement companies face unique challenges. Manually reviewing multiple sources for regulatory issues can be slow and labor intensive, while also letting some problems to go undetected. Cross-checking alerts against individual suppliers, supplier locations, and ingredient categories require inside knowledge, significant time commitments, or both. Speakers Dana Downing and Reuben Galbraith show how Smart Alerts can pinpoint risks by ingredient, additive, flavoring substance, contamination, and more.



Solution Spotlight: Supplier Management Now Has Market Hub

Managing suppliers is a 24/7 job, from sourcing items and qualifying suppliers to receiving documentation and monitoring performance. TraceGains Supplier Management helps maintain cooperative relationships with ingredient and packaging vendors, increases accuracy by eliminating management by spreadsheets, and automates supplier risk analyses and reporting. Market Hub, our powerful directory that enables precise item, ingredient, and raw material sourcing is included with Supplier Management at no additional cost.

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