Food Safety Summit Review: Adapt Resources for Small, Very Small, and Start-up Companies

Since our session at the Food Safety Summit, our panelists have realized the opportunity and benefit of directly addressing small, very small, and start-up companies. For example, we can create a simple ‘start here’ video – or a ‘resource for small businesses – for food fraud prevention resources …

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ANNOUNCEMENT – New Supply Chain Management & Procurement Free Online Course

This new free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) covers the food fraud prevention aspects of Supply Chain Management & Procurement. This includes simple survey questions that can be asked of your suppliers. The course was created after a few companies asked about ‘what can we expect from our …

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Review of our Food Safety Summit Session on Ranking and Evaluating Suppliers

Our simple session expanded to strategic concepts such as enterprise-wide governance, food safety issues within a broader Lean Six Sigma program and reviewing other industries. I appreciate our panelists taking the time to participate: Andrea Anase (PepsiCo), Donna Schaffner (Rutgers), Deb Kane (J&J Snack Foods) and Vera Petrova-Dickenson …

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Food Fraud Prevention Strategy Annual Review – Start with a Food Fraud Gap Analysis

For a number of reasons – including inflation and global supply shortages – food fraud is becoming a hotter topic. Five years after the GFSI requirements were required, companies are realizing they should take another look at their food fraud prevention strategy. Now is a great time to …

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Types of Management System Reviews: Audits, Inspections, Investigations, and Prosecutions

Are food fraud prevention audits really valuable? Yes, to meet the goal of identifying a compliant process and to ‘demonstrate implementation.’ But there is often confusion about the purpose of an audit versus an inspection, investigation, or prosecution. There is often criticism that a food fraud prevention audit …

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ANNOUNCEMENT – New Professional Education Course Dates (Live, In-Person) – July 24 to 28, 2023

Three updated Professional Education Course dates are announced for the Food Fraud Prevention Overview Seminar (a broad overview), Food Fraud Implementation Method (FFIM) Workshop (complete your vulnerability assessment and prevention strategy), and Food Fraud Annual Update (FFAU) Workshop (complete your annual review and set action items for the …

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Food Fraud (and GFSI) Maturing Along the Hype Cycle and to the ‘Plateau of Productivity’

At first glance, food fraud may not seem as hot as a few years ago, but the activities are logically, methodically, and optimally maturing along the ‘hype cycle.’ The melamine and horsemeat incidents were hype triggers, and we are now past the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’ in the …

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Preliminary Results – Food Fraud Annual Update Survey: Some Simple Adjustments and a Crucial Revelation

The preliminary results from our Food Fraud Annual Survey show progress, but also some concerning compliance gaps. Most of the issues – such as fully documented compliance, executive sign-off, and formal incident review methods – can be addressed quickly. Overcoming over-confidence will be a challenging paradigm shift. PLEASE …

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