The Acheson Group, LLC (TAG), led by Dr. David Acheson, is a strategic consulting  firm for food and beverage companies and those providing technical support to the food industry. With a focus on strategic risk management, TAG provides the latest food safety consulting insights in a global environment in providing Operational Risk management, Reputational risk management, and Regulatory Risk services—all with the goal of achieving brand protection. TAG works with all supply chain segments, from farm to manufacturers, retail and food services providers – domestic and foreign – all focused on providing first rate services in a cost- conscious environment.

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FDA Continues Non-FSMA Business with Two Key Initiatives: GE Food Approval & Labeling and Dietary Supplement Nationwide Sweep

FDA is also continuing to conduct business in areas completely unrelated to this “sweeping reform” of food safety laws. Just a couple of these that are likely to have significant industry impact are the Agency’s first approval for a genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for food (AquAdvantage Salmon) and guidance on voluntary GE/non-GE labeling, and its participation in the “nationwide sweep” of civil and criminal cases against more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements.


The Second Round of Analysis Begins: FDA’s Final Rules for Produce Safety and Foreign Supplier Verification and Third Party Audit.

Last week, FDA published the second round of FSMA finals with three new rules now set for industry: Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), and Accredited Third-Party Certification. As we’ve been doing with the Preventive Controls rules over the last several weeks, TAG will be taking a deep dive into analysis and interpretation of the three new rules and providing our insights in these newsletters for, likely, the next few months, particularly since the last of seven major rules (Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration) aren’t scheduled for release until spring 2016. This week, we are providing a general overview of the three new rules and what you can expect in the way of compliance.


FSMA Complexities Cause FDA to Draw Disconnected Lines in the Sand

You operate a “secondary farm” hulling nuts. Are you subject to the Preventive Controls rule? Maybe. Maybe not. As we look at the final rule we have tried to sort out some of the challenges for food companies and examine the logic behind certain aspects of the new regulations.


Is My Warehouse Exempt from Preventive Controls Requirements?

The release of the final Preventive Controls rules have brought about a great deal of question on warehouse compliance, but we’ve seen very little in the way of addressing this topic. Because the rules incorporate some new direction that is important to any and all warehouse facilities, we thought it a good time to tackle

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