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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Doing Business in China: Risks and Rewards: One Food Safety Professional’s Perspective

Whether you already have or are considering opening manufacturing operations in China and/or are sourcing ingredients or finished goods from China (which is harder to avoid these days in this more centralized and globalized supply chain), these are my primary takeaways from my recent trips that you may want to consider.


An approach to evaluate and manage supply chain risk

Congress recognized that sometimes you rely on suppliers to control risk, which puts supplier management into the bucket of a “preventive control” and thus part of the Food Safety Modernization Act


Poultry Industry Is Center of Controversy, Demands, and a Lawsuit

Once again, a federal agency is faced with “dinged if you do, dinged if you don’t” from consumer and advocacy groups. This time it is USDA that is being brought to court, in the midst of multiple dings being made on all fronts of the meat and poultry industry. On August 21, USDA issued the

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FSMA Re-proposals Bring Major Revisions

First and foremost, we believe the newly issued supplements represent the open rulemaking process at work. Stakeholders provided comment, and FDA listened. Additionally, with respect to the application of preventive controls for animal food, many of the proposed changes mirror those proposed to the human food rule: