Entries by Chris Domenico

What happens when you get it wrong

Bob didn’t even get a chance to have a sip of coffee before he noticed the blinking red light on his phone indicating that a voice message was waiting for him. As he moved papers around his desk he entered his password into his phone and started reviewing the messages from the weekend. The first […]

The potential impacts of FSMA on the GFSI Scheme

In the 90’s, the food industry was rocked by one food safety crisis after another, such as BSE, Dioxin, and Listeria. Consumer confidence was effectively in the tank, and food companies were becoming desperate for help. The world’s leading food safety experts from manufacturing, retail, and food service, as well as service providers from within […]

Will Donald Trump change FSMA?

Donald Trump recently surprised not only the skeptics, but his ardent supporters (and quite possibly, even himself) by winning the recent US presidential election. While there is a significant amount of people concerned with what the future holds with Trump leading the nation, it’s no surprise that companies within the food industry are questioning what […]

Why FSMA is necessary

By now it should be no surprise to U.S. based food manufacturing companies that calling FSMA a comprehensive piece of legislation is putting it lightly. We already had laws on the books, and HACCP-based food safety programs were widely used when GFSI hit our shores last decade the “food safety bar” was raised and companies […]

New to Food Defense? Here’s the 5 things you need to know

Over the past century there have been many legislative attempts at defining the best practices for food safety, food security, and finally food defense. The early 1900’s saw the introduction of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, followed by the FD&C Act, and a myriad of CFR’s including Good Manufacturing Practices. In 2002 the Homeland Security […]

What is FSVP and how will it affect me?

Before I started to write the world’s best blog post on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), I made the prerequisite cup of coffee and spread out pages of handwritten notes, several printed articles and legal opinion papers on the subject. The first 4 or 5 rough drafts I created were quickly deleted as I was having […]