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Jorge Acosta

Jorge Acosta currently serves as Director of Professional Services for Alchemy Systems. Jorge is a certified auditor and trainer for BRC Food, BRC Storage & Distribution, BRC IOP, SQF, and FSSC 22000. He brings 20+ years of food industry experience to Alchemy with a BS in Food Science. He has consulted and audited food companies in 25 countries and counting over a variety of sectors within the food system.
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Internal Auditing: What You Need to Know

Posted by Jorge Acosta

Apr 3 2017
Apr 3 2017

“No one has ever asked for that document!” is a comment I have heard far too many times over the past decade. There are many reasons for facilities not to be prepared for internal audits, and subsequently being forced to correct non-conformances that may lead to more serious issues such as recalls or legal implications. Here are several common issues I find when examining internal audit programs, with suggestions on how to avoid them:

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Topics: Food Safety

Food Fraud: 3 Keys to Your Protection

Posted by Jorge Acosta

Feb 9 2017
Feb 9 2017

In central Mexico, where I grew up, one very popular food is goat meat. Goat is generally more expensive than beef. The most popular eatery serving goat in my hometown was recently involved in a big scandal for publicly admitting that the meat they had been selling as goat for years was actually beef.

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Topics: Food Safety

An Auditor’s Perspective: Top 3 Things That Will Impact Food Manufacturers in 2016

Posted by Jorge Acosta

Feb 25 2016
Feb 25 2016

Looking back at the audits I completed in 2015, I have encountered several locations that canceled upcoming audits due to issues found during their site inspection. Some lost their GFSI certification due to non-compliances noted during audits. However, the good news is that most locations, regardless of their audit status, demonstrated a dedication to continuous improvement. 

You’ve probably heard a lot recently about how all GFSI or non-GFSI certified sites are now faced with a new challenge - to comply with new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.

The FSMA finalized rules result in three key things that will impact the food industry in 2016.  I’ve listed them below and have included a few specifics you will want to keep in mind.

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Topics: Food Safety

How To Protect Your Brand From Food Fraud with BRC 7

Posted by Jorge Acosta

Jun 25 2015
Jun 25 2015
During our recent vacation trip through Europe, it was very common to see designer brand handbags for about 100 dollars, I tried convincing my wife to let me buy her the Prada bag she desires, but she would not let me off that easy. While most astute shoppers would quickly identify these products as counterfeits, most consumers would not suspect a thing. What is troubling is that counterfeiting isn’t exclusive to fashion – it also happens with food.

While a counterfeit designer bag may be easy to spot, an Angus beef burger that’s actually horse or pig meat is not. Arguably, the impact on the consumer is far greater when it comes to the food we eat.

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