Campbell’s on the evolution of sustainability

Sustainability can be incorporated into corporate culture if concepts relating to environmental and social impacts are communicated in clear and meaningful ways, according to Dave Stangis of Campbell’s Soup Company who recentlysat down with GreenBiz.com’s Nature of Business Radio for a chat on the evolution of sustainability.

As VP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Campbell’s, an Intelex client, Stangis has championed environmental and social responsibility and in three short years has made Campbell’s a leader in CSR, having cultivated an environment of collaboration within the company.

According to Stangis, business leaders must “translate these concepts of social impact, environmental performance improvement, employee engagement, community involvement into ways to make their jobs better, more impactful, and improve their innovation and productivity, it’s a whole different world. All of a sudden it’s a tool and not an obstacle. And that’s really the goal.”

Listen to the entire chat over at Greenbiz.… Read more...

FDA offers helping hand in FSMA compliance

As any American food producer knows, the landscape of food safety is changing.

Back in January, President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law. The act, a sweeping bill with the most significant changes to food safety in nearly 70 years, will affect thousands of food producers across the U.S. and, in light of some new stringent rules related to imports, around the world as well.

Specific requirements of the act have trickling out of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) throughout the year, including mandatory recall powers for the FDA, increased protection for whistleblowers, the ability to hold products that may be mislabeled, and more.

But the full scope of the rulemaking that follow the FSMA will only be known as the act is implemented over the course of the next year.

However, businesses who want up-to-the-minute news on implementation progress ought to head to … Read more...

First FSMA rules to take effect July 3

Don’t forget: the first set of rules issued under the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are set to take effect in just over a week, on July 3.

The new rules give the FDA the authority to hold food products that may be contaminated or mislabeled and require organizations importing food to disclose whether another country has rejected or refused the product. The rules are designed to ensure the FDA is better equipped to target foods that may pose a risk to public health.

The new regulations are in addition to the Act’s current scope, which allows the FDA to:

  • Demand records of other food products that have a reasonable probability of serious adverse health consequences If the FDA finds a “reasonable probability” food has been misbranded, adulterated, or capable of generating serious adverse health consequences, it may issue a mandatory recall.
  • Boost protection of whistleblowers who report violations
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North American Summit on Food Safety a hometown treat for Intelex

The North American Summit on Food Safety held in Toronto on March 8 – 9 was a clear success. 

Attendees from all over North America gathered alongside successful vendors to address the most crucial safety topics in the food industry to date.  The Food and Beverage Team from Intelex Technologies in Toronto took advantage of the opportunity to display key solutions on these issues, including products such as the Intelex Quality Management System, which helps ensure regulatory compliance and drive continuous improvement in the workplace.   

“It was a very informative conference with great presentations”, commented Bevin Lyon, a senior solutions expert from Intelex. “This gave us a chance to meet with our valued clients, such as Campbell’s Soup Company and Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee.”

 Intelex looks forward to the next Food and Safety Summit in 2012, with hopes that it will be conveniently close to home once again.… Read more...

The U.S. food safety act is law. What now?

The biggest update on food safety legislation in nearly a century was passed by Congress in the final days of 2010. Food producers and distributors would be excused for wondering ‘So what next?’

The short answer is ‘sit tight’.

Yes, Congress managed to pass this huge piece of food legislation (signed into law earlier this week) in the dying days of what was supposed to be an ineffectual lame-duck session (but by historical standards was vastly productive). And yes, the bill was sweeping, granting the FDA mandatory recall powers as well as the ability to increase inspection frequencies, target high-risk sites, boost farm oversight, and better trace food-borne illnesses to their sources.

But businesses with an appetite for clear details on what exactly will be expected by the FDA in the coming months might be left a little hungry. While the legislation has been safely passed, there are a number of roadblocks … Read more...

Food Safety Modernization Act passed in US Senate in rare show of bipartisanship

A sweeping food safety bill passed in the U.S. senate today, marking the first significant changes to food safety in the States in nearly 75 years.

In a rare show of bipartisan accord, the senate voted 73 to 25 to pass a slightly watered-down version of a bill that was passed by the House last year. The Food Safety Modernization Act would significantly boost the powers of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is designed to enable the organization to proactively address unsafe food issues before outbreaks occur.

In particular, the bill would give the FDA the power to:

  • Increase the frequency of inspections and target high-risk sites.
  • Recall tainted foods.
  • Boost oversight of individual farms.
  • Better trace food-borne illnesses to their source, and more.

Last year’s House-sponsored bill featured even more frequent inspections and an annual fee for food producers, but these requirements were removed or modified. However, the Senate added … Read more...

GFSR seeks to simmer food safety woes

Food safety uncertainty? HACCP hiccups? Supply chain strain? You’re not alone. In recent years, food safety issues have been a part of the daily news cycle. Between food recalls, devastating food-borne illnesses, and movements by western governments to tighten food safety regulations, the relationship between global food companies and consumers has never been more apparent.

For the unprepared business, achieving the highest level of food safety performance can be costly and overwhelming. Fortunately, there’s help. The Global Food Safety Resource Centre (GFSR) is an amazing new resource designed to walk organizations through the increasingly complex task of complying with food safety regulations, implementing food management systems, or learning more about cutting edge developments in food safety leadership and technology.

Whether you’re looking for easy access to food safety specialists, guidance on complying with food safety regulations and standards, or extensive resources on industry best practices, news and technology, GFSR is … Read more...

U.S. Senate prepares to modernize food safety legislation

Now that the U.S. Senate has reconvened after a month-long recess during which large-scale salmonella-related egg recalls made headlines across the country, food safety reform is back on the top of the agenda.

The Senate is currently reviewing S. 510, a food safety bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) significant powers of oversight and regulation on the growing and production of food. 

And it might be about time for this kind of reform. Not only have 85 food recalls occurred in the U.S.—not to mention this summer’s massive egg recall as well as other salmonella- and listeria-based recalls—since the House of Representatives passed a similar bill about a year ago, S. 510 is the first large piece of legislation to address food safety in more than 70 years.

In fact, currently the FDA doesn’t even really have the power to hold food growers and producers accountable … Read more...

Mission Foods Grows its iForm® Building Team

Though the company has fully implemented the Intelex Quality Management System (QMS) and iForms® System, Mission Foods is always thinking of new ways to improve processes and scale up with new initiatives.

Intelex Training Specialist Purdal Mya and iForm® Expert Augustine Chan recently spent three days with Mission Foods Corporate Headquarters in Irving, Texas, to lead system training for a group of 17 Intelex users (seen in photo). The training focused on basic and advanced iForms®, as well as reporting and dashboards.

When I called Carmen Olson, Corporate TQ Manager at Mission Foods, to ask how the training went, she said, “Having Purdal lead the training along with Augustine’s expertise on building iForms was the right combination. Everyone was fully engaged in the class, lots of questions, ideas and some fun too!”

Mission Foods/GRUMA S.A. is the world’s largest producer of Maseca corn flour and tortilla products, with production facilities across the … Read more...

Off to Pittsburgh for the Heinz Supplier Fair – Intelex is a ‘Gold’ Supplier

We were delighted to get our invitation again this year to the Heinz Supplier Fair taking place tomorrow in Pittsburgh. Intelex’s Senior Product Manager, Bevin Lyon, is heading down to meet with Heinz Quality executives from across North America, the UK and Europe.

Heinz has been using the Intelex system for over 4 years so they are very familiar with the software. Bevin will be sharing exiting news about Intelex and showcasing new updates and enhancements! Thanks for inviting us Heinz – we’re happy to be a Gold Supplier!

 

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