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What Do Class I Recall Trends Tell Us About Food Safety Management?

11.15.2017
By: Lori Carlson & Ashley Smejkal 
Topic: Food Safety

Over the past five years, the U.S. food industry—and those supplying the U.S.—have seen regulatory expansion in food production and handling systems with the advent of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). But, what impact have the mandated controls and management system requirements had on keeping contaminated food out of the marketplace. As 2018 draws near, TUV USA was curious to examine Class I recall trends of the past five years as a barometer of enhanced food safety management success.

Since 2013 (pre-FSMA implementation), the number of Class I recall events has steadily climbed, including the number of recalls for (potential) contamination from Listeria monocytogenes, which remains on the rise in 2017.   read more... 

 

 

 

Identity Preservation and Food Safety: Natural Partners

10.12.2017
By: Lori Carlson & Ashley Smejkal 
Topic: Food Safety

In last month’s white paper, Managing cross-contamination and cross-contact across the food supply chain, TUV USA touched on cross-contact risks and controls for identity preserved foods. In this month’s newsletter, we are expanding the discussion by focusing on those elements of identity preservation (IP) systems aimed at preventing cross-contact, commingling, mislabeling, and false claims.

Generally speaking, IP systems reflect practices, which ensure the purity and integrity of a food commodity or product.* This includes organic, non-GMO and gluten-free production systems. At first glance, components of an IP system may seem adjunct to a food safety management system (FSMS) where the primary focus is the production of food, which ensures consumer safety. Rather, these systems are natural partners and should be aligned for maximum effectiveness as both build off of supply chain transparency (i.e., visibility across supply chain operations beyond tier-1 suppliers). READ MORE ⇒

 

 

5 Reasons Why Investing in Employee Training is Essential

10.11.17
By Katie Lehoulier
Topic: Training Academy

Companies increasingly require employees with proven knowledge specifically tailored to their functions within the organization. Investing in your employee shows how you value them as a worker and certifies a person's competence to perform certain practices. Here are 5 reasons why investing in your employees training is essential to growth and successful in your business.  Read More...

 

 

Quality Topics

More with IATF 16949 Part 1: Product Safety

One of the new requirements of IATF 16949 standard is expressed on clause 4.4.1.2 about product safety. At first view, it sounds an originally new and fresh requirement which needs a lot to do in implementation. But reviewing the requirement it makes reader to -ask a principal question: “Does this new requirement about product safety mean that ISO/TS16949 was an unripe specification about product safety?”
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8 Mistakes Your QMS Makes

A Quality Management System – any management system, is only as good as the sum of its parts. Lots of things go right, and we all try our best. Yet, out in the world I see the same mistakes over and over again. I want to share those things with you now. Here they are, in a particular order. 1st of 8 Mistakes: Focusing on Manufacturing
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Training Effectiveness Guide for Quality Management Systems

Verification of training effectiveness is required by most of the frequently used management system standards. Even companies with well-established training programs struggle with how to evaluate and moreover, how to realize value from their efforts. Naturally, I see many methods of verification of training effectiveness in my audits – sometimes inspiring, sometimes – not so much. At the very least, it all makes me think. Without giving away anyone’s secrets, I thought I’d share my own thoughts.
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Medical Systems Topics

Quality in the Medical Device Industry

What is quality, and why does it matter? Quality is defined as the “measure of excellence or a state of being free from defects, deficiencies and significant variations,” (WebFinance Inc.). In today’s competitive industries, manufacturers need to keep a multifaceted approach with their products to be profitable – not only do the products need to be manufactured quickly, but they need to be high quality. Especially in the medical industry, it is no longer acceptable just to produce the cheapest, fastest product possible. Manufacturers are expected to reduce costs across the board while maintaining high quality standards – consumers want it all. This can leave upper management in a difficult position where they are pressured by stakeholders to choose between these two goals. It’s a delicate balance that must be maintained.
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Myths and Facts of the FDA's Role in Medical Device Cyber Security

View this FDA Fact Sheet filled with the Myths and Facts of the FDA's Role in Medical Device Cyber Security
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Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) Pilot Program

One audit for five markets – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and USA General In the past, medical device manufacturers who wished to license their products in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and USA had to demonstrate fulfilment of the national regulatory requirements of each country within different approval processes. This naturally involved a great deal of time and expense. Now, IMDRF (International Medical Devices Regulators Forum) has developed a new unified program – the MDSAP (Medical Device Single Audit Program) – which covers different regulatory requirements.
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Data Security Topics

WannaCry Ransomware Exposing Cybersecurity Flaws

What is ransomware? What is WannaCry (also known as Wanna Decryptor and Wcry)? And, more importantly, how does this relate to the Medical Device/Healthcare industry? These are questions I hope to answer. I have provided a references guide at the end of the post for anyone who wants to know more about this topic, or for verification purposes. Because of the severity of this situation, it is recommended that professionals continue following the WannaCry Ransomware attack as it develops further.
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Connectivity and the Threat to Data Security

In the modern world, technology is pervasive. It impacts all areas of life from basic human interaction to how we shape and work with the world around us. From its inception in the 1980s, the internet has been a growing part of technology, encouraging increasing connectivity and the growth of the IoT (Internet of Things). The invention of the computer replaced many older-fashioned technologies (or was incorporated into them). For example, various versions of the cash register have been around for centuries. Modern versions include computers that talk to each other and the company’s network – some even helping to track inventory.
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Data Protection Management Systems and the GDPR

The clocks are ticking down to May 25 2018, the day when GDPR becomes effective. The GDPR (or the General Data Protection Regulation) will require that all European Union and EEA member states adopt GDPR into their local legislation by this date. What does this mean for companies selling products and services in the EU and the EEA? It simply means you need to comply with GDPR which apply to the product and/or service being sold – not all regulations included in the GDPR will be applicable to all companies. In this article, we discuss some tips on complying and staying up to date the GDPR regulations.
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Food Safety Topics

Managing cross-contamination and cross-contact across the food supply chain

Cross-contamination and allergen cross-contact incidents are frequently indicated as causes of food recalls. According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Reports, food products recalled from January 1 through August 30, 2017 due to contamination from pathogens was approximately 40%; those from undeclared allergens also accounted for approximately 40%.(1) While the specific cause of contamination events from pathogens or the presence of allergens in non-labelled product is not always known at the time of reporting, cross-contamination and cross-contact incidents are often later identified as likely contributing factors.
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FSMA Implementation: What to Expect from FDA in 2017

The BRC Food Safety Americas Conference welcomed Sharon Mayl, Senior Advisor for Policy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who spoke on FDA’s progress regarding FSMA implementation. As Mayl reviewed FDA’s two-phased approach to FSMA implementation, the focus of FDA’s in progress and future FSMA work quickly turned to Phase 2—developing strategies to promote and oversee industry compliance. With a large degree of phase 1 (i.e., setting standards) completed through the issue of final rule making in 2015 and 2016, as well as a fair number of guidance documents for rule interpretation published in 2016, what can we expect from FDA in 2017 and beyond?
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