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Thursday, 30 April 2015
These posts may be helpful in the examination of the key areas of focus and metrics for assessing the outcomes of food safety and quality assurance management systems (including the regulatory management of such systems):
1. Common Assumptions about Food Safety and Quality Management:
- What outcome is in focus?
- How is the agency going to ascertain that industry agrees with the Agency’s anticipated outcome(s) against which it conducts its inspections?
- Is there a mechanism for ensuring that all inspectors will understand and conduct inspections against the defined outcome(s)?
Initial CFIA Response - May 8, 2015
More from CFIA - June 8, 2015
Sent: June 8, 2015 1:20 PM
To: Felix Amiri
Cc: CFIA - Enquiries / ACIA - Demande de renseignements
Subject: Re: Outcome-Based Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (WEB RESPONSE / RÉPONSE DU WEB ID: 2015/4-1015)
Subject: RE: Outcome-Based Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (WEB RESPONSE / RÉPONSE DU WEB ID: 2015/4-1015)
Updates since this post:
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
We sometimes need to think beyond the mundane. If you can tell the difference between “PROCESSIFYING” and “PROCESSORIZING”, you are an operation improvement STAR. Better still, if you can explain how to harness the concepts they represent in an operation, you will be a hero within the industry. I strongly suspect that these are new words to you but go ahead and give it a try. What do you think is the difference between these terms? What ideas do they convey to you about operation improvement? If you own, manage or simply work in a food business but you cannot figure out the meaning or significance of these terms, you need to learn about and adopt the SSQA Concept. The first step in the adoption of SSQA takes less than 60 seconds: Enrol and obtain the SSQA Implementation Manual.
If you are really dying to know the difference, let me know in the comments section:
Friday, 17 April 2015
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
If you are the customer, go with the first option (NONE). You are already not relying on certificates anyway. You are doing what is more reliable than submitted audit certificates with shipments that you receive - your receiving inspections and testing. If you are not, you need to start doing these because they are always necessary and helpful. The certificate does not help in that regard. Have you ever accepted a defective shipment on the shipper's argument about having an elite or the like certificate?
Saturday, 4 April 2015
President's 2017 Budget Request Will Propose to Fully Fund USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Doubling Amount That Was Available in 2016
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015
USDA Awards 36 Food Safety Grants, Including $6.7 Million for Antimicrobial Resistance, to Protect Consumers
This announcement provides a refreshing direction of focus. At a time when food business operators are made to believe that product safety and quality management challenges can be resolved through the creation of large volumes of administrative paperwork, the idea to fund meaningful research is well worth celebrating. Targeted research is right in line with the proposals for collaborative solution-finding under the SSQA Concept.
The following projects were selected for awards:
- Enhancing Food Safety through Improved Processing Technologies
- Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance
- Identifying and Targeting Food Safety Needs
- Improving Food Safety
- Improving Food Quality