Entries by George Howlett

What is the best Supplier Quality Management System for foreign suppliers under FSMA?

The introduction of the FSMA requirements for suppliers, both domestic and foreign, has introduced a very prescriptive set of control measures, actions and requirements for companies. This includes specific requirements for material types, such as produce and LACF, etc. This is leading to a situation where some companies are being forced to set their Supplier […]

The Food Safety Management Framework Schematic

Food Safety Management is an emerging profession. For those seeking a career in the area it can often be confusing to understand the true nature of what it means to be a food safety manager. The framework illustrates the sometimes complex nature of this new profession. A food safety professional on a good day needs […]

Unlocking Control Measures in Food Safety

When is a CCP not a CCP? When it’s a PRP, oPRP, CP, QCP or QSP to name a few. Our growing dedication to coming up with new and increasingly obscure acronyms to describe control measures in food safety has arguably led to a state of confusion in the community almost to the point where […]

3 Steps to Prepare for Unannounced Food Safety Audits

If you have been following our blogs in recent months you will be aware that we called the introduction of unannounced audits as the norm in third party certification. Many of you will now have heard that both the IFS and SQF have introduced unannounced audits last month across their schemes. This is added to […]

Why Food Safety Systems Fail

Food safety management systems frequently fail. We know this because it is contained daily in media and agency reports on recalls, alerts and food poisoning outbreaks. These events are the public expression of these failures, but behind them there is a deeper story – one of food business operators who under legislation, certification and customer […]

Food Safety – Falling Between the Cracks

There appears to be an emerging issue regarding the true nature of what I usually term the Food Safety Framework which governs food business operators in many geographic locations globally. In times past, the framework was so much simpler. The businesses proprietor driven by local regulation where it existed was responsible for safe food production. […]

US Government shutdown and food safety

Regardless of your political leaning, the recent US Government “partial” shutdown has affected the food industry in many ways – one of the most obvious being access to information. If you have visited a website whose URL ends in .gov since October 1st, you’ve undoubtedly received a popup notice announcing that the website is “unavailable […]

New feature “Alerts” will keep you updated

For a food business, if there is any silver lining to be found in a food safety recall of their products (and frankly I struggle to find any) it may be the inevitable change in the culture of the organization. Fresh with the open wounds of public, regulatory and media scrutiny, the food company undertakes […]