FSVP 101: Everything You Need to Know About the FDA’s Latest Guidelines

Our food supply has always come from a number of sources, both domestic and international. However, now that the FDA has instituted strict new regulations for the safety and handling of imported food, companies in the United States need to readjust their expectations and processes to adhere to these standards.

The United States imports more than $9.5 billion in food products on an annual basis, and though both foreign and domestic food manufacturers are required to register with the FDA to do business in the United States, regulations have been relatively reactive until recently. Now, the FDA is conducting 9,600 international inspections every year, and domestic businesses are required to follow stricter standards with food production, importing and distribution.

So how exactly are these standards going to affect U.S. businesses?

FoodLogiQ CFO and Board Member Named in Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Awards

FoodLogiQ is proud to announce that our chief financial officer and board member, Faith Kosobucki has been named in the Women in Business Awards by the Triangle Business Journal. Faith was chosen from over 100 applicants who have all exhibited proven success in their businesses and communities.

New Report: Imported Food Safety Matters More Than Ever

Today’s consumer has come to expect easy availability of their favorite foods on the shelves of the local grocery store. And, thanks to more efficient global transportation networks, consumers do enjoy year-round access to foods that were once strictly seasonal, particularly fresh produce.  

Unfortunately, as food imports have skyrocketed, foodborne illnesses have become more widespread as well. The total number of outbreaks remains small, but the number of incidents show a significant upward trend, especially since 2011. Therefore, the safety of imported food coming into the US is a legitimate concern.

Food Safety: A Key Benefit of Traceability

Traceability is an incredibly relevant and powerful tool for organizations who deal with the manufacturing, production, and preparation of food. There are many benefits to an organization that’s truly traceable, but food safety is at the top.

Must-know facts about allergens every food company should know

As many as 15 million people in the United States have food allergies - and nearly half of those are children. It is no wonder that allergen regulations were part of FSMA. Facilities are now required to establish and implement food safety systems that include preventive controls, supply chain analysis and recall plans.

For further insight on what food companies should be doing to prevent allergen contamination, I spoke to Betsy Craig, a leading expert on food allergen labeling. She is an award winning CEO and the Founder of MenuTrinfo®, LLC, AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo, and Kitchens with Confidence.