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Taking Training Beyond Traditional PowerPoint

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jul 6 2021
Jul 6 2021

I have been surprised to discover that many manufacturers are still managing their training programs with a combination of PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheets.


Maybe I shouldn't say I was surprised since trainers, managers, and directors have long relied on these tools for their training. And I should know because I was once one of them.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Discovery of New Listeria Species and Its Effect on EMPs

Jun 24 2021
Jun 24 2021

Researchers at Cornell University have identified five new species of listeria in agricultural soil in the United States. The discovery is expected to help food manufacturers improve food safety by identifying potential new growth niches that previously may have been overlooked. And it could further help them understand the differences between pathogenic listeria and the non-pathogenic species.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Remembering Our Frontline Workers on World Food Safety Day

Jun 7 2021
Jun 7 2021

Intertek Alchemy is joining the food industry to celebrate the third annual World Food Safety Day. The event, established by a United Nations resolution, offers an opportunity to honor everyone involved in growing, processing, transporting, selling, preparing, and serving the food that many of us take for granted.

 

The U.N. resolution states: “There is no food security without food safety, especially in a world where the food supply chain has become more complex.”

 

I could not agree more.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

SQF Edition 9 is Live - 6 New Requirements for Management

Posted by Jeff Chilton

May 27 2021
May 27 2021

This week, the 9th edition of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) code went into effect, changing the way many of our customers pursue and maintain a Food Safety Culture. This code is one of many that ultimately helps companies meet the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standards through the SQF certification program.

 

During my last blog on this topic, I provided a simple overview of the new SQF edition and covered the basics of what you need to know to prepare for the new requirements. Many of these new additions to the code will require food producers to alter the way they implement, measure, and report food safety processes. In this blog, I’ll cover six new requirements under Edition 9, Section 2.1.1, that address senior management’s role in leading and supporting a proper food safety culture, and implementation processes.

 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

SQF Edition 9 is Live, What You Should Know Now

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Apr 21 2021
Apr 21 2021

As you may know, the 9th edition of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) codes goes into effect on May 24. Many of our clients seek accreditation with the SQF code for its ability to verify food producers are meeting industry, customer, and regulatory requirement for all sectors of the food supply chain. Here's a simple overview of what you need to know to prepare.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

5 Beverage Industry Trends to Watch in 2021

Posted by Holly Mockus

Nov 5 2020
Nov 5 2020

The beverage industry is undergoing significant changes as it strives to keep up with evolving consumer demands. As millennials become the largest generation cohort of the population, they have significantly impacted the trends of the beverage industry. Beverage manufacturers must understand millennials’ values, behaviors, and preferences to get ahead of their competition.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics

Getting Ready for SQF Edition 9

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Sep 30 2020
Sep 30 2020

It’s time to start getting pumped about this year’s SQF Global Conference! This industry leading event will be virtual this year but will still offer stellar educational programs by talented speakers. Here’s what you can expect:

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

New Study Identifies Areas for Improvement in Food Safety Training

Sep 23 2020
Sep 23 2020

Intertek Alchemy released a new report analyzing the results from the 6th annual Global Food Safety Training Survey. Why is this big news? The survey contains valuable data on food safety training programs and identifies areas for improvement in food safety training — insight that can help all companies improve their own training programs.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Training Best Practices

Six Essential Tips in Supply Chain Traceability

Aug 4 2020
Aug 4 2020

Industry-wide traceability remains a priority for the produce industry — and for good reason.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

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

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