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Alchemy Engage Conference 2019: You May Get FOMO Reading This

Posted by Robyn Goddard

Oct 1 2019
Oct 1 2019

For the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution industries, the 11th Annual Engage Conference was the place to be this September! Hundreds of safety, quality, operations, and human resource professionals all met in the live music capital of the world to learn the newest trends and best practices for driving employee engagement.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters, Alchemy Engage Conference

Foreign Material Prevention using FMEA and Food Safety Culture

Posted by Bill Potter

Aug 26 2019
Aug 26 2019

Foreign material prevention is among the most talked-about topics these days in the food safety world. After years of industry focus on this topic, prevention and mitigation of foreign material seems to be emphasized more now than ever.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics, Compliance Matters

The Contrast Between Verification and Validation

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Jun 14 2019
Jun 14 2019

Verification and validation seem similar. Both are included as part of HACCP Principle Number 6 for verification. Both are talked about simultaneously. So, is there really a difference? Yes! A big difference!

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

World Food Safety Day 2019

Jun 7 2019
Jun 7 2019

On behalf of my fellow Alchemists and consumers in every corner of the world, we extend a big thank you to the hard-working food safety professionals around the world in celebration of today – the world’s first ever annual Food Safety Day.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Risk Assessment: Your Questions Answered

Posted by Tim Newbold

May 13 2019
May 13 2019

 

 Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is a process used to identify, evaluate, and assess the levels of risk using a systematic approach for determining probability or risk and the consequence of that risk. 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Environmental Monitoring – A Critical Component of Food Safety

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Apr 15 2019
Apr 15 2019

Environmental monitoring has become the center of attention for good reason lately. New requirements by FDA and GFSI standards have raised the importance of environmental monitoring programs (EMP’s).

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

Posted by Jorge Acosta

Mar 27 2019
Mar 27 2019

Growing up, my grandfather used to tell us that we had to learn from the mistakes of others because we will not live long enough to make all the mistakes on our own. That said, US-based companies need to stay informed on what is going on around the world related to intentional adulteration.

 

 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

3 Tips for Operational Excellence within Pet Food Manufacturing

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Feb 28 2019
Feb 28 2019

When it comes to food manufacturing, the pet food industry isn’t always in agreement on how to properly test and inspect pet food products. While it’s true that pets aren’t people (although some might argue with that!) it’s still critical to reduce the number of pet food recalls that have been steadily rising in recent years. Setting standardized industry guidelines that improve safety in pet food manufacturing can do much to reduce pet illnesses and fatalities due to foodborne illness.  

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Training Best Practices

6 Methods of Preventing Food Safety Risks

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Feb 13 2019
Feb 13 2019

Food safety is more important than ever — and not following proper protocol can lead to lives lost, not to mention hurt profits, tarnished brands, and low consumer trust. The new SQF Fundamentals Code outlines 6 common causes of food safety hazards to watch out for and account for in your food safety plan. Learn how to spot if they apply to you, and how to implement a solution before you risk failing an audit, or worse, compromising consumers’ safety. For more on the new SQF Fundamentals Code, watch the full webinar with SQFI.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

2018 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Dec 11 2018
Dec 11 2018

2018 has been the year of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the food industry. The Ugly is still going on right now with the two major foodborne illness outbreaks and product recalls plaguing the industry. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises not to serve or sell any Romaine Lettuce contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7 from the Central Coastal growing regions of North and Central California. This outbreak has resulted in 52 cases in 15 states with 19 hospitalized and two of the 19 experiencing kidney failure. The CDC expects these numbers to rise as more cases are brought to light.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

How to “See Safety” Using Visual Literacy

Posted by Doug Pontsler

Oct 30 2018
Oct 30 2018
  • Have you ever heard these comments during an incident review?
  • “We have walked by that hazard hundreds of time and never saw it!”

  • “We can’t see the forest through the trees! We need fresh eyes on our facility to see the hazards we no longer see.”

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

5 Resources to Meet Protein Processing Challenges

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Aug 31 2018
Aug 31 2018

Protein processing may face more challenges than any other food sector. Meat and poultry account for the largest segment of U.S. agriculture, according to NAMI. With more pressures on the meat industry, it can feel like a juggling act keeping up with competing interests – animal welfare, dangerous micro-organisms, sustainability, and safety – while still meeting production goals. While it may present a challenge, it’s not impossible.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics

GFSI & Food Safety Culture: Industry Experts Q & A

Posted by Lone Jespersen

Aug 30 2018
Aug 30 2018

According to the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI)’s new guidance document, a strong food safety culture depends on five key dimensions. Our recent webinar covers these dimension in depth and gives strategies on how to align your food culture to GFSI’s goals. Below industry experts Laura Nelson of Alchemy, Dr. Lone Jespersen of Cultivate, and Andrew Clarke of Subway Sandwiches answers some of your additional questions regarding GFSI and food safety culture.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Counting Down to FSMA’s Final PCQI Deadline

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Aug 7 2018
Aug 7 2018

Food companies, take note of an important deadline: September 17th is the final date for all facilities to meet PCQI requirements.

As a refresher, FSMA’s Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food requires every food facility to have competent Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQIs) write or perform reanalysis on their Food Safety Plan. While the PCQI requirement isn’t exactly “new,” (the bill was signed into law in 2015 and rollouts have been happening for the past two years, according to company size), the upcoming September date is the final deadline for all businesses to comply, including small businesses with fewer than 500 full-time employees. 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Is Your Crisis Response Plan Ready for Action?

May 18 2018
May 18 2018

Not everyone in the food industry works in communications. However, it's important and useful that everybody in your company has a clear understanding of all roles during a crisis — because crisis situations are not easy. Stress levels are high, and things are moving quickly, so the more clarity that we can bring in advance of a crisis, the better.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

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