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    COVID 19 Pandemic – the perfect time to review your food safety training programme You should “never waste a good cris...
  • Food Safety in Your Refrigerator
    Food safety is everyone’s responsibility – that responsibility stretches from the farmer to the producers and manufactu...
  • Managing Foreign Body Contamination in Certification Audits
    Foreign bodies in food not only pose a health risk to consumers, but can also have far reaching consequences for food p...
  • How Food and Beverage Companies Can Overcome Supply Chain Disruptions
    The food and beverage industry faces many challenges. Responding quickly to fast-changing consumer demands, increasing ...
  • 5 Key Steps to Conquer Supply Chain Efficiency With Data
    Supply chain efficiency and transparency are keys elements to grow and sustain your business in the long term. Your cus...
  • Dynamic Checkweighing in Washdown Environments
    Production environments in the dairy industry must meet high hygiene requirements to protect consumers from the spread ...
  • The Differences Between IFS Version 6.1 and IFS Version 7
    In March 2021, IFS version 7 came into force and will be mandatory for all certified companies from July 1, 2021. We sp...
  • How Spanish Manufacturers Are Dealing with COVID-19 Pressures
    Spanish manufacturers had to face many challenges during lockdown. In our interview Levi Corbacho, Product Manager at M...
  • 2nd Expert Talk: Ensuring Food Safety in Challenging Circumstances
    The food industry had to react with flexibility to the new circumstances brought about by the pandemic. Most manufactur...
  • BRCGS Works With Leading Online Retailer to Demonstrate Best Practice
    The newly upgraded BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution will be adopted by HelloFresh, the world’s leadin...
  • Do You Know Your TDC From Your TCO?
    Managing successful packaged food production lines often requires manufacturers to be able to operate within tight fina...
  • A Better Way for Effective Compliance Management
    Compliance management is a priority for businesses in virtually every industry. Proper compliance is critical to meet l...
  • In the Journey to Due Diligence, Remember the Consumer
    The regulatory landscape around supply chain due diligence is growing. In March 2021, Germany put forth a proposal for ...
  • Preparing for Food Audits in Challenging Circumstances
    With the coronavirus pandemic creating access restrictions to food manufacturing sites, alongside social distancing and...
  • Putting Food Waste to Good Use
    Creating Biodegradable Packaging Material Using Biomaterials from Agricultural Waste Nearly a third of all food produce...
  • Understanding Vision Inspection
    Food manufacturers invest in product inspection technologies to check that the food they produce is free from physical ...
  • Advantages of Augmented Reality in the Food Industry
    Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience referring to the computer-aided addition of virtual elements to rea...
  • How Contract Packers Ensure Food Safety Standards
    Many brand owners in the food industry rely on co-packing or co-manufacturing partners to outsource essential business ...
  • How the Pandemic Changed Consumer Behavior
    The challenges and disruption that Covid-19 has brought are still being felt globally. Society has gone from working, s...
  • The Food Industries Role in Tackling the Coronavirus State of Emergency
    By Simon Creasey Over the last 12 months the world has been consumed by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have all seen the tra...
  • IFS and Intact Partnership Brings Artificial Intelligence to Food Safety
    International Featured Standards (IFS) – the umbrella brand for globally acknowledged food, product and service standar...
  • What Is Cost of Quality?
    Ever had a conversation with your boss about how costly the food safety and quality management systems are? As food saf...
  • Covid-19 Risk Management Measures in the Food Industry
    We are in this for the long haul We have to do everything we can to ensure the food sector is able to provide a consist...
  • Educational Food Safety Exchange (FSX) Platform Calls for Engagement with Expert Forward Thinkers
    Food Safety Exchange (FSX), www.foodsafetyexchange.com a global food safety information and events platform for all inv...
  • Join the Public Consultation Process for revising the BRCGS Agents and Brokers Standard
    The revision and evolution of Standards are at the heart of BRCGS’s work. By reviewing the standards, BRCGS can ensure ...
  • Podcast: What Manufacturers Can Learn from 2020
    2020 was undoubtedly a challenging year with changes no one could have predicted. For nearly a year, the Covid-19 pande...
  • The Post-Brexit Dilemma for the Food Industry
    Empty shelves in supermarkets, trucks rejected at borders because of missing papers and delays in international shippin...
  • BRCGS launches upgrade of its Ethical Trading and Responsible Sourcing Standard
    Buying behaviour has changed and the relationship between global brands and their customers who support them is being t...
  • The Journey to Supply Chain Traceability
    Supply chain traceability is often heralded as the future of food safety. Traceability in the food supply chain plays a...
  • BRCGS Responds to Pandemic Challenges and Prepares for the Future
    Interview with Jon Murthy from the BRCGS Over the course of the last few months the BRCGS has launched a number of init...
  • Let's Talk About Food Fraud
    Food fraud is nothing new and the topic hasn't lost its relevance in recent years. The fact is, food fraud scandals are...
  • BRCGS Launches Upgrade Of Its Storage & Distribution Standard
    The global pandemic has placed supply chain resilience firmly front of mind for brands, retailers, and the growing numb...
  • BRCGS Provides New Suite of Audit Products
    In recent months, the BRCGS has responded to the challenges of the pandemic by launching a number of initiatives that a...
  • BRCGS Releases Guidance Document for Packaging Industry
    In the past months, the Coronavirus pandemic posed challenges and risks to a variety of supply chains and had a major i...
  • Product Evaluation and Testing Services Assist in Finding the Right Product Inspection Solution
    What type of product inspection solution best suits my business? This is a question that every food manufacturer should...
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  • Food Packaging Trends and What They Mean For Product Inspection
    Around eight million tons of plastic enter our oceans globally every year. With items like plastic bottles taking up to...
  • The 10 Best Environmental Management Practices for the Food Industry
    A fascinating report was issued last year by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre for the food and beverage ...
  • FDA Releases "New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint"
    In May 2019 the FDA established what was described as a new era of smarter food safety initiative. The initiative was d...
  • How to Conduct an Internal Audit
    Internal auditing is a requirement of ISO 22000 and ISO 9001, and more. So it is something we do have to do. Besides ju...
  • Stay up to date!
    The food industry is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Keeping track of the latest trends, regulatory ...
  • The Benefits of Supply Chain Transparency for Suppliers
    Discussions around supply chain transparency generally focus on brands and retailers—namely, those who directly interac...
  • 4 Dimensions of Responsible Business
    In response to consumer demand for more “responsible” products, businesses have made commitments to ensure their supply...
  • The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Food Industry
    The Coronavirus crisis has had a major impact on the food industry. On one hand the demand for food has increased stron...
  • How to Conduct Virtual Factory Acceptance Tests (vFATs)
    In times of social distancing and a changing operational landscape, remote solutions are becoming increasingly importan...
  • Why Confidential Reporting Is Important
    The Coronavirus pandemic poses challenges and risks to the entire food supply chain. On one hand, restricted working co...
  • BRCGS Publishes Statement About Certificate Extension PLUS
    There are still travel and work restrictions in place in many countries due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. As a r...
  • BRCGS Publishes Position Statement on Onsite Audits Post Covid-19 Lockdown
    In the past months, many on-site audits couldn't be performed due to travel restrictions. Now some borders are reopenin...
  • Fifteen Point Checklist for Food Manufacturing Sites
    This is a non-exhaustive very high level summary of the 13 page guidance document Managing Food Safety during Covid-19 ...
  • New Guidance Published to Maintain Confidence in Food Safety During Covid-19
    BRCGS, the organisation behind the world’s leading food safety standard, has issued new guidance to food manufacturers ...
  • Food Safety for the Young at Heart
    One of the privileges of growing older is eating whatever you want right? Well, while this may be our attitude to life,...
  • International Guidance for Food Manufacturers During COVID-19
    Food Focus has published an overview of international guidedance for food manufacturers during the COVID-19 crisis. In ...
  • Legal Obligations in respect of Food Handlers and Delivery Personnel During the SARS-COR-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic
    The current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown South African is experiencing, which has led to ...
  • The Importance of Supply Chain Transparency
    Interview with KellyAnn Tsai from Transparency-One
  • GFSI Announces Temporary Audit Measures Due to Covid-19
    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) team monitors the Covid-19 situation on a daily basis. The main objective is t...
  • TÜV NORD CERT Provides Customer Information on Handling Food Safety Management System Certification During Covid-19 Crisis
    The worldwide spread of the coronavirus poses challenges not only for food producers, but also for auditors. For this r...
  • GFSI 2020 - Changing Consumer Demands Challenge Food Industry
    Safety, health, sustainability and honesty were only some of the buzzwords that were discussed at this year's GFSI conf...
  • Lowering the Coronavirus Risk in Production Facilities
    Due to the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus situation, employers are looking for ways to protect their employees from the...
  • COVID-19: Is the Food I Consume Still Safe?
    The COVID-19 coronavirus was initially a critical problem limited to a few countries. But in the last weeks, it has dev...
  • Do Built-In Test Weights Make Calibration a Thing of the Past? No - and Here’s Why
    Newer balances and scale often include internal test weights that can help reduce time spent on periodic testing with e...
  • How Food Trends Challenge Manufacturers
    Plant based food, healthy hedonism or snackification are just some of the food trends that are currently influencing th...
  • Codex HACCP - The Foundation of Food Safety Is Being Shaken
    In the world of food safety where there is a plethora of standards, we have become accustomed to changes. New legislati...
  • Things to Keep In Mind When Assessing a Pest Control Program
    Do you know what you have to consider when assessing a pest control program? Food Focus has summarized eight tips on ho...
  • How to Deal with a Product Recall
    What you need to consider Receiving complaints from consumers and from major retailers about glass shards in one of you...
  • How to Ensure Conformity of Packaged Food
    Food retailers such as supermarkets demand the highest levels of packaged food conformity to enable them to meet custom...
  • Warehousing and Distribution - The Moving Link in the Food Chain
    When we talk about the food chain, we often get a mental picture of farms growing crops, perhaps a manufacturing plant ...
  • Setting Up a Microbiological Testing Program for your Food Products
    We get many requests for information on “What microorganisms should I test for?” And even more for “What are the allowa...
  • How to Ensure Batch Traceability in Your Food Process
    The ability for food manufacturers to recall contaminated food products was publicly tested last year in the Listeriosi...
  • Intermarché Launches Traceability QR Codes on Green Beans With Transparency-One and SGS
    Transparency-One, in partnership with SGS, is proud to announce that French retailer Intermarché has launched Transpare...
  • FDA Announces "A New Era of Smarter Food Safety"
    Foods were once produced just around the corner, nowadays they can travel many miles to reach our dining tables. As a r...
  • How to Pass Your BRC or FSSC Audit
    Any Quality or Technical Manager will admit that food safety management systems do not implement and maintain themselve...
  • The Importance of Food Safety Training in Your Company
    How to Establish a Food Safety Culture Food safety plays an important role in a food producing company. In order to ens...
  • Legionella - Two Birds with One Stone
    In 2018 there was a lot of information about Listeriosis, the disease caused by the deadly Listeria monocytogenes. But ...
  • How Artificial Intelligence Can Help to Reduce Food Waste
    Every year around one third of the world's food is wasted. Experts believe that this number will increase dramatically ...
  • How to Keep Rats Out of Your Salad Bar
    Recent events in the media have highlighted the issue of rats in food outlets – much to the horror of consumers. And r...
  • 5 Steps to Supply Chain Transparency
    The business case for transparency is compelling: a 2018 study found that 74% of consumers would switch from their usua...
  • What Food Fraud Scandals Are on the 2019 Horizon?
    2018 was a busy food fraud year, both internationally and in South Africa. The increase in South African media reports ...
  • The End of Disposable Plastic
    EU Parliament Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastics by 2021 The use of plastic is without question quite convenient. Plastic...
  • GFSI 2019 - A Recap of the Most Discussed Topics
    Blockchain, food fraud and transparency from farm-to-fork are topics that play a major role within the food industry. T...
  • Six Top Food Trends for 2019
    Whether it’s responding to concerns about plastic waste, improving labelling accuracy or making the most of advances in...
  • Patenting Your New Food Ingredients and Products
    Companies spend a lot of time and money to develop new ingredients and new food products but unless they are protected,...
  • Liability - Who Is In Charge When Food Is Contaminated?
    Every day, millions of tons of food are harvested, produced, packaged, delivered and consumed. Sometimes, manufacturers...
  • No more mincing your words with mince?
    Mince and sausages have often been a subject of much debate in South Africa. Who can forget the headlines announcing th...
  • Food Fraud - When Foods Are Being Adulterated
    The number of cases of food fraud is constantly increasing. In the following article TÜV NORD CERT informs about the up...
  • Clean Labeling - Healthy Trend or Sneaky Consumer Trap?
    Living a healthy lifestyle is becoming more important to many people. This is not only evident in everyday activities, ...
  • Cheers to Transparency
    What's In My Beer? In a move to “elevate transparency,” American beer brand Bud Light has announced that beginning in F...
  • U.S. Shutdown - What Does It Mean For The Food Industry?
    It is the longest shutdown in U.S. history and it hasn't ended yet. For 34 days all non-essential government tasks have...
  • Controlling Salmonella In Your Restaurant
    According to the CDC in the USA, Salmonella causes far more illnesses than you might suspect. For every person with a S...
  • The Role of the CEO in Your Food Safety Internal Audit Programme
    Although internal audits are a mandatory requirement of all the food safety management system standards such as FSSC 22...
  • How Safe Are Subscription Meal Kits?
    Online shopping is simple and convenient; you can buy products from all over the world – without leaving your own four ...
  • Safety In Your Kitchen
    Having recently spent a lot of time in a whole range of catering kitchens, it seems like a good time to have a refreshe...
  • Make Sure Your Food Is Always Fresh
    30% of all food produced worldwide occuring along the value-added chain “from farm to fork” is wasted every year. This ...
  • Auditing in the 4th Industrial Revolution
    Digital disruptors, the internet of things, 3D food printing, insect proteins, block chain and lab grown meat – these a...
  • Regulation 638 and your Records
    Regulation 638 – what does this practically mean for your food business? In response to the Listeriosis outbreak, it is...
  • Foodborne Illness: What You Need to Know
    Every year about 48 million people in the United States suffer from a foodborne illness. Most of the illnesses happen s...
  • Cultivating a Better Cocoa Supply Chain
    Chocolate often conjures up images of happy children and sweet treats. While there are many things to love about chocol...
  • What Is So Critical About Your Crisis Management Plan?
    The outbreak of Listeriosis resulted in the largest food recall in South Africa. All media channels were flooded with n...
  • Halloween Food Safety Tips
    Pumpkins, costumes and lots of treats: Halloween is almost here. Trick-or-treating is one of the main activities childr...
  • Some Insight Into Food Fraud
    Food Fraud is not something new and has been reported since the 1820’s. What is new is the scale and lengths to which p...
  • Overcoming Meat, Poultry and Seafood Production Challenges
    Meat, poultry and seafood manufacturers face many pressures on their production lines. Maintaining a hygienic productio...
  • Looking for the "Panda" with Rolf Uys
    Rolf Uys is a familiar face of the food safety industry in South Africa. Food Focus caught up with Rolf preparing for o...
  • How Food Processing Equipment Can Improve Worker Safety
    Each year over 5,000 injuries in food and drink manufacturing are reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in ...
  • Training - Please Step Forward If You Are The Person in Charge!
    It’s about the WHO The new regulation makes it compulsory for the person in charge (the name on the certificate of acce...
  • How to Detect More Metal in Challenging Applications
    Sensitivity has a big impact on the performance of your metal detector. There are a number of factors that affect sensi...
  • Food Contamination: Reputations on the Line
    Food safety scares often make national and international headlines and a well-publicized incident can destroy the worth...
  • Addressing the Organic Challenge Through Transparency
    In recent years, many new food labels have taken the world by storm, becoming a popular topic of discussion in the food...
  • How Do I Get A Certificate Of Acceptability - COA?
    If you’re a hawker selling food and meals using a food truck, which you take from place to place or sell from a vehicle...
  • How to Reduce Food Waste
    Did you know that approximately one third of the food produced in the world gets lost or wasted? This affects around 1....
  • The Dangers of a Raw Food Pet Diet - For You and For Them
    In the last few months we have had a lot of advice given about ensuring we cook food thoroughly to ensure that we don’t...
  • The Importance of Packaging
    By producing tons of waste every year, we intensify environmental pollution. Especially plastics and non-recyclable mat...
  • What's In A Name - Certification Versus Accreditation
    I know Shakespeare said “A rose by another name would be just as sweet” but this is one we have to get right! There is ...
  • Industry Response to Listeriosis Outbreak: Clean, clean, clean!
    One of the primary reactions to the current Listeriosis outbreak has been to clean, clean, clean... and rightly so. But...
  • GFSI 2018 - Safe Food for Consumers Everywhere
    The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) aims to improve food safety through industry collaboration and knowledge shari...
  • Lab-Grown Meat: When Futuristic Food Becomes Real
    2018 could be the year when cultured meat finally becomes marketable. After many years of research, field trials and pr...
  • FDA, USDA Partner to Improve Food Safety
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have worked closely over the ...
  • How Voluntary Advisory Statements Can Cause Confusion
    Consumers who are allergic to food which contains gluten usually rely on gluten-free certifications. Those certificatio...
  • What Does Transparency Mean?
    Why do we hear the word transparency all over today? Because consumers are looking for more transparent products. They ...
  • How to Prevent Food Contamination
    Food contamination is a common concern for both consumers and food producers. Contamination can occur at any stage of f...
  • Achieve Transparent Supply Chains For Your Small Food Business in 5 Steps
    In today’s globalized world, supply chains have become more and more complex, and it is even more challenging to ensure...
  • Carrefour and SGS Launch Visual Trust in China
    Carrefour and SGS launched the Visual Trust initiative during the National Food Safety Week in Beijing on July 1, 2017,...
  • SGS, Transparency-One and Mars Food Launch Revolutionary Supply Chain Solution
    Mars Food has launched revolutionary supply chain solution Transparency-One, with SGS and supported by Blippar, to help...
  • Partnering To Revolutionize Supply Chain Transparency
    SGS and Transparency-One are working with Mars Food and Blippar to revolutionize end-to-end supply chain transparency. ...
  • How Can Transparency Get to the Bottom of the Seafood Supply
    Seafood sustainability is becoming increasingly important for consumers. It is now a key driver for seafood purchases, ...
  • 4 Reasons for Having a Transparent Food Supply Chain
    You might not be comfortable with transparency because you’re concerned somebody else might take advantage of the great...
  • Want A Better Food Supply Chain? Empower the Farmers!
    Since 30 years ago, multiple initiatives have created new obligations for millions of farmers. The story generally goes...