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What is GFSI?

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a global initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems. The initiative’s goal is to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers around the world.

The initiative was launched in 2000 following a number of food safety crises that severely diminished consumers’ confidence in the global food supply chain. The key activity within the scope of GFSI was the definition of food safety requirements for food safety schemes through a benchmarking process. This global set of standards has helped to accelerate the recognition and implementation of several existing food safety schemes. It has also driven growing confidence in third-party certifications along the entire food supply chain.

A Surprising Issue for GFSI Compliance

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Dairy Worker Safety, PTSD, OSHA Changes and More…

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in
environment, health and safety news:

  • A push for more worker safety in dairy
  • Ontario’s new PTSD strategy
  • New Dietary guidelines and food safety implications
  • OSHA management guidelines

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Learn more about the push for dairy worker safety. Click here
  • Learn more about Ontario’s new PTSD initiative. Click here
  • Read more about new dietary guidelines. Click here
  • Get the details about OSHA management guidelines. Click here

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The Future of the Technology and Compliance Landscape

Bar none, the biggest change we are seeing in the world right now is the accelerating degree of connectivity we all have as consumers. In fact, research shows that this connectivity has grown past a trend and is now our new normal.

The growth curve of internet adoption is staggering. The analyst, Mary Meeker, compiled some fascinating metrics in her 2015 internet trends report. In the study we see that from a user base standpoint, the internet has growth from a mere 35 Million users in 1995 to a staggering 2.8 Billion users in less than 20 years.

The nature by which those billions of users are accessing the internet has also undergone a change.

Mobile phone adoption and smart phone adoption in particular have not only continued to fuel internet usage but also drastically changed how easily consumers can get online. For developing nations, mobile phones provide a Read more...

FDA Finalizes FSMA and New Bill Introduced for Immigrant Worker Safety

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • FDA Finalizes Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • U.S Government Introduces Bill on Immigrant Worker Safety

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Click here
  • U.S Government Introduce Bill on Immigrant Worker Safety. Click here

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Webinar – Streamlining BRC Compliance: Ensuring Food Safety & Quality Through Sustainable Business

Today, consumers’ confidence in the quality and the safety of the food products they purchase is paramount for retailers and suppliers alike. Since their introduction in 1998, the BRC Global Standards have become a priority for retailers and manufacturers in the food industry who are committed to delivering high-quality and safe products via sustainable means.

If you want to know more about BRC compliance and how to introduce the standards into your organisation, be sure to join Colin Ma and Shyam Khagram for this insightful on-demand webinar.

Watch this webinar and learn:

  • How to reduce waste, costs and complaints associated with quality issues through BRC compliance
  • How to instill trust in consumers, retailers and throughout your supply chain
  • How to effectively prepare for a BRC audit
  • How technology tools can streamline your BRC compliance initiatives

Watch a preview below or click here to watch the full webinar.

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Intelex Friday Safety Fact – Food Industry Safety

 Intelex Friday Safety Fact - Food Industry Safety

When was the last time you revisited your Health and Safety Program? Ensure your workers are safe with Intelex’s Safety Management System.

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Food Industry Injuries Rates, Workplace Bullying in Alberta and Intelex 6.5

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Alberta OHS Puts Spotlight on Workplace Bullying
  • Food industry workers more prone to deaths, illness, injuries
  • Intelex Launches 6.5 Native BI Platform

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Alberta OHS Sheds light on Workplace Bullying. Click here
  • Study Confirms Higher Injury Rates in Food Industry. Click here.
  • Intelex’s Native Business Intelligence for Integrated EHS and Quality Management Platform. Click here.

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OSHA Requests Public Input on Chemical Hazards, FSMA Proposals to Become More Flexible, Canada Invests in Food Traceability and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • OSHA releases RFI, launches “national dialogue” on workplace chemical hazards
  • FDA looking to increase the flexibility of FSMA proposals
  • Canadian government invests in livestock traceability database
  • Unique mobile unit initiative promoting awareness of workplace safety

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, w e’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • OSHA seeks public opinion on chemical hazards and permissible exposure limits. View instructions for submitting comments are here.
  • Canada’s proposed national livestock traceability database. Learn more about it here.

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FDA Announces 2014 Food Safety Challenge, Severe Black Lung Cases on the Rise, Protecting Healthcare Workers from Splashes, and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • FDA challenges food safety professionals to innovate
  • NIOSH says severe black lung at highest level in decades
  • Study shows workers underestimate workplace disability stats
  • CEO Council on Health and Innovation promotes workplace wellness
  • Healthcare worker safety threatened by splashes

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • FDA 2014 Food Safety Challenge. Learn more here.
  • Data Letter from NIOSH researchers to the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Find it here.
  • RBC Insurance Survey on
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Webinar: Get Food Safety Modernization Act Ready

Deadlines for compliance with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are less than a year away and if you’re in the food and beverage industry, you’d better start preparing your organization now!

As a food and beverage organization, you are required to understand the new regulations and remain compliant. In order to be ready for these deadlines, implementing a prevention-based food safety system requires your immediate attention. Regulation non-compliance can seriously impact your business, leaving you facing fines, plant closures or even worse, a reputation damaging recall to manage.

As such, we encourage you to watch this webinar for a review of the proposed FSMA legislation and what you can do to be prepared. In this FREE 30-minute webinar, Intelex Food Safety Solution Specialist, Jeremy Mawson, explains the FSMA regulations, how to implement and streamline a FSMA-ready food safety plan and how to ensure proactive compliance for your business … Read more...