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Become a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” Today!

In Nelson-Jameson’s continued commitment to provide industry professionals with the latest in food science and food safety education, we’ve partnered with Cherney Microbiological Services to offer a brand new course offering!  The upcoming “FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food” is a class that will be of special interest to those in plant operations, and will focus on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance.  As an added bonus, Nelson-Jameson customers will receive a 5% discount, simply by mentioning “Nelson Jameson” when registering!

Image courtesy Cherney Microbiological Services.

Continuing Food Safety Education through FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most extensive change to food safety laws in 70 years, shifting the industry perspective from a reactive to a proactive approach when addressing and preventing food contamination. The new regulations require specified activities to be completed by a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls.” The FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course helps support both compliance with FSMA and provides FDA-recognized training for your designated Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. This standardized course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in partnership with the FDA, and the lead instructors and course content and materials are FSPCA-approved.

The FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course is a great fit for quality directors, managers, supervisors and practitioners who will be responsible for managing his or her company’s Food Safety Plan under FSMA.  This course will be held March 29th-31st, 2016, at Cherney Microbiological Services in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The cost is $800, but be sure to mention “Nelson Jameson” while registering to receive a 5% discount!  To register, please click HERE.

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The Food Safety Modernization Act: In Small Bites

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If you have been following the development of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), from its inception, to its passage, to its implementation, it has been quite a long ride! Signed into law in 2011, there has been no shortage of discussion as to what the effects of the law will be on the food industry. What was somewhat abstract became much more immediate when two of the seven key rules were recently released. These first two, respectively pertaining to Human Food Risk Analysis and Animal Food Risk Analysis, came out in late August.

By the time this blog appears on our site, three additional rules will be set for publication. Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accreditation of Third Party Auditors rules are all set for late October.

As we have highlighted in past blogs concerning FSMA, Nelson-Jameson aims to bring together as many quality resources as possible to help our customers navigate this sweeping change in food safety law in the United States. Recently, 3M, one of our suppliers here at NJ, teamed up with The Acheson Group to provide a 15-part webinar series on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The series is free of charge and is geared toward food industry interests looking to better understand FSMA and its related standards. The monthly series will run throughout 2016. The impressive first installment, “FSMA: How Do I Comply? How To Determine Which FSMA Rules Apply To You” is available on 3M’s Healthcare Academy site. To sign up for access to the episode, or to sign up for upcoming installments of the series click here.

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Trade Show Season Wraps Up

The 2015 trade show season is coming to a close…one of our final shows is the Dairy Practices Council (DPC) Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont, November 4-6.
The focus for this year’s show is FSMA Preventative Controls with presentations on how to use environmental testing kits, ATP kits, and metal detection in fluid milk, yogurt, cheese, and other small-scale dairy product processors. Our own Fritz Buss will be a speaker and will be presenting on integrated hygiene monitoring to showcase our hygiene monitoring tools.
Our trade show display will include color-coded and metal detectable products, Petrifilm, Delvotest, allergen test kits, tank filters, tubing & hose, foggers, filter discs & tubes, chart recorders and thermometers.
Our final two shows of the year will be Midwest Food Processors Association Convention and First District Association Annual Member Meeting, both in December – hope to see you there!
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Going Worldwide in Food Safety Certification

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Source: SQF Institute

One of our top priorities is ensuring the products we transport and store are safe and meet food safety requirements. We are happy to report that Nelson-Jameson, Inc. received a score of 98% on our latest Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program Certification audit in September. More recently, last month, Sector 26 met Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking – which means the sector is now recognized and accepted worldwide.

SQF Certification is recognized by GFSI, which links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. As a distribution facility, the SQF Certification benefits are the following:

  • Compliance – The requirements in the SQF code meet and often exceed many international food safety regulatory rules, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rules.
  • Confidence SQF is a food safety system that can help protect  brands and consumers with one of the most rigorous, globally recognized programs and state of the art data management system.
  • Global Recognition – a program recognized by the GFSI and food retailers worldwide.
  • Enhanced Protection – The SQF program provides  data and information that has integrity, consistency, and provides a higher level of credibility than other schemes.
  • Quality Management – The SQF program includes a level of certification specifically focused on product quality and the maintenance of private label specifications at the manufacturing level.
  • Reduced Product Loss – The SQF systems approach to specification management will help improve operational efficiency.

Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on food safety regulations and how we are implementing policies and procedures to keep our products and consumers safe.

 

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Keeping it Clean with FSMA

j0444789A large part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) focuses on prevention when it comes to controlling our food supply. The steps to preventing foodborne diseases, according to FDA, on the part of the manufacturer, involve evaluating the hazards, specifying preventative steps, monitoring, and correcting problems that may arise.

An aid in reducing hazards is disinfection, cleaning and sanitation. Food Quality & Safety published an article in November 2013, titled “Keep It Clean” that takes a deeper look at the role of disinfectants and sanitizing solutions in FSMA implementation. While there are a few different methods of disinfection, we provide products for chemical disinfection:

Chlorine Sanitizers

Iodine Sanitizers

Quaternary Ammonium (QUATS)

Once a surface has been disinfected, verification will need to take place, which takes care of the monitoring part. A method of verification used prior to sanitation mentioned in the article is adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence. Our Laboratory & QA/QC product line offers a variety of items that can aid in verification: 3M™ Clean-Trace™ NG Luminometer3M™ Clean-Trace™ Surface ATP Test.

According to the article, ATP does not correlate with micro counts, therefore swabbing and the use of petrifilm is recommended. We feature the following items for swabbing and petrifilm: 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates & Accessories3M™ Quick Swabs3M™ Hydra-Sponges, and 3M™ Sponge-Sticks.

We are a team when it comes to food safety, you can count on Nelson-Jameson to provide quality products that aid in FSMA implementation. For more information on FSMA, see the FDA website.

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