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Identifying Allergens Is Key

AllergyRecently our Technical Director Fritz Buss was interviewed for an article on allergen management in Quality Assurance & Food Safety

In the article Buss stated, “the first challenge is identifying the allergens…that are present in their facilities.” Once the allergens are identified, color-coded products can be implemented to prevent cross contamination.

Many new guidelines and requirements are being put in place to regulate processors and aid in allergen management. Starting December 13, 2014 the United Kingdom will have a new Allergen Labeling Rule put in effect, which requires manufacturers to declare 14 major allergens compared to the United States’ “Big 8” (Milk, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat and Soy).

Click here to read the complete article. For more information on color-coded products, see our Color-Coded Products page on nelsonjameson.com.

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It’s a Matter for Discussion: Keeping Up with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

In early January, you may have heard, the FDA released two long documents concerning new proposed rules for the farm and for the food industry. The “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” and the “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” equaled out to hundreds of pages of reading. These proposed new rules would affect a spectrum of businesses, large and small. As a stakeholder in the food industry, you may feel overwhelmed or concerned by such documents and developments. You are not alone.

Thankfully, piece by piece, it is manageable! First, keep in mind that these are proposed rules. The FDA is actively seeking out commentary and insight from industry interests. From policies on personal hygiene in the fields to risk-based preventative controls in food processing operations, there is a chance to get your voice involved in the process of formalizing these new standards. There is also opportunity to clarify and ask questions of the new rules.

Secondly, there are resources out there that can assist in familiarizing yourself with the sweeping changes that are being dealt with in this new FSMA era.  Below are two links that may assist in getting the big picture and possible areas of interest that you may want to check out in greater detail.   

If you would like to get a general overview of the document that helps break things down a bit, or would like to read the documents yourself, you can click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Food Modernization Act, the FDA has produced a video primer. The approximately four-minute video can be found here.

Be sure to also be in touch with your FDA representative with any questions or concerns that may arise, as clarity will be key!

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