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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Preventive Control Re-proposal: Added Requirements, Added Flexibility

On Friday September 19, 2014, FDA finally released re-proposals to four of the main FSMA-related rules: Preventive Controls for both Human and Animal Food, the Produce Safety Rule, and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program. The 75-day comment period will close around mid-December, after the proposals are officially published in the Federal Register.


Breaking News: Changes to four of the seven FSMA Rules!

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released proposed changes to four of the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. These changes are based on the large volume of feedback the FDA has recieved in relation to the proposed rules and an additional comment period for these revisions has been made available.


Can Today’s Food Safety Standards & Regulations Be Aligned?

First there were GMPs and HACCP, with the number of steps changing over time. Initially, these practices were industry driven, with GMPs later mandated for all food sectors, and HACCP becoming required for select food categories. Fast forward to the 21st century, and GFSI becomes the industry-driven approach, with benchmarked schemes including SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 and IFS. Today, FSMA & HARPC are the focal point on the current regulatory horizon.


In Testing: Positive Trumps Negative Every Time

Although a negative test result for pathogens is, of course, a good thing, it does not, by definition, mean that your product is safe. It simply means that there were no pathogens found in that sample. To understand what that means in terms of food safety, one has to look at the sampling strategy, the validity of the test used in that food matrix, and the competence of the laboratory doing the test