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FDA Proposes Additional Food Traceability Requirements
FDA Proposes Additional Food Traceability Requirements
Does your operation produce or use ingredients like cheese, shell eggs, nut butter, various produce, fin fish, and ready-to-eat deli salads?
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Earn Employee Confidence and Customer Business by Being Prepared
Earn Employee Confidence and Customer Business by Being Prepared
It's no surprise that in the midst of the pandemic, employee complaints are on the rise. Data from the Department of Labor shows that in April, May and June of this year, they were seeing an average of more than 20 whistleblower complaints per day related to COVID-19. We can assume that because these complaints are COVID-related, many of them were spurred by situations where employees felt unsafe in their job duties. Maybe they were without proper PPE or knew of an employee who was at work while running a fever, or believed that worker safety protocols were being compromised due to increased product demand or a workforce shortage.
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Did the Pandemic Break Your Supply Chain?
Did the Pandemic Break Your Supply Chain?
Never in recent memory has supply chain management been so challenged as it has through the current pandemic. As suppliers have been impacted, manufacturers have been taxed with keeping the supplies coming in and maintaining production.
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Are You Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Food Safety? You May Be Surprised.
Are You Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Food Safety? You May Be Surprised.
The fruit and vegetable industry is challenging, in part because so many factors are simply beyond your control. With so much out of your hands, it’s critical to ensure that your production window is best utilized. One of the aspects you can control during this time is your water wash.
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Are You a Leader or a Follower? Take Charge with Pandemic Prepared Certification
Are You a Leader or a Follower? Take Charge with Pandemic Prepared Certification
It’s only been a month since the launch of our Pandemic Prepared Certification, but there has already been a strong, positive response from top companies across the global food and beverage supply chain. This level of interest is undoubtedly an indication of the need for proactive measures that help establish best-in-class planning and protocols, while also decreasing risk as it relates to the pandemic.
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Is Your Food a Fraud? Has the Pandemic Made Food Fraud More Attractive?
Is Your Food a Fraud? Has the Pandemic Made Food Fraud More Attractive?
With supply chain disruptions and economic factors at play during and following the pandemic, opportunities for food fraud may be on the rise. That means products and ingredients, like alcoholic beverages, oils and fats, honey, maple syrup, coffee and many others that are historically known to be at an increased risk for fraud, may be even more susceptible. During a recent webinar and blog, we asked “How Do I Assess Whether My Supply Chain is at Risk of Food Fraud?”
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You’re Shorting Your Team and Food Safety
You’re Shorting Your Team and Food Safety
There is a lack of trained and qualified personnel in today’s food manufacturing workforce. By not providing your team with the training they need to succeed in their careers, you’re shorting them and food safety. AIB International’s Bret Zaher offered insight into expertise and services that can help stem that gap in the short- and long-term and assist you in prioritizing your commitment to training.
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No Planes, Trains or Automobiles – Go Virtual to Complete Your 2020 Training Goals
No Planes, Trains or Automobiles – Go Virtual to Complete Your 2020 Training Goals
We’re well into the second half of the year, and you may be deciding how you or your team will complete remaining annual training goals. Even with travel restrictions or limited budgets, there are a number of virtual training solutions available to meet your needs.
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Inspections are Coming. Is Your Food Defense Plan Ready?
Inspections are Coming. Is Your Food Defense Plan Ready?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that beginning in March, they will start routine inspections of small businesses (those with fewer than 500 employees) to verify compliance under the Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule, which requires facilities to develop and implement a Food Defense Plan. FDA also recently announced that they will resume routine domestic onsite inspections, following a months-long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Are you ready for your next audit?
Are you ready for your next audit?
In this webinar, AIB International’s Dimitra Sandrou offered expertise on how to prepare for the recently introduced FSSC 22000 split audit process using Information & Communication Technologies (ICT).
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