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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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Thousands of Farms Exempted from Registration and Preventive Controls And GRAS Controversy Continues

A new FDA rule amendment exempts thousands of farms from food facility registration and FSMA Preventive Controls provisions … while (in other news) controversy continues on ingredients defined as GRAS.

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COOL: Are the Battle Sides Shifting? Who’s Winning … or Losing?

Since the U.S. enactment of the Country-Of-Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation in 2008, COOL has faced international controversy and pending World Trade Organization (WTO) sanctions. Despite this, similar European Union rules on country-of-origin labeling went into effect on April 1. The EU rules require that the labels on certain fresh, chilled and frozen meat indicate the country which the animal was “reared in” and that which it was “slaughtered in.” If animals were born, raised and slaughtered in the same country, then the label can simply state the “origin” country.

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Obama Lays Down Plan for Combatting Antibiotic Resistance

The problem is a shared one and thus the solution needs to be a joint one. So it was good to see that the White House published a broad plan to address the problem of antibiotic resistance.

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Recall Impact Study Brings Unexpected Results

ProProfs Survey Maker   The answer? According to at least one sound research project, researchers from Utah State University found that, contrary to what you may expect, a company that incurred a previous food recall within the past year and efficiently followed procedures for managing it while establishing clear communication channels with stakeholders was seen

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