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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Shopper Cards: The Pros Outweigh the Cons

Shopper Cards seem to keep creeping up in the headlines over the last couple years – in both positive and negative contexts.


Record Access Final Rule – No Changes but Plenty of Critical Points

Probably the most notable aspect of the rule is that access to records has been reduced from credible evidence to reasonable probability of a serious adverse health consequences or death (SAHCD), giving FDA easier access to records with a lower bar for requesting them.


Can FSMA Be Implemented Without User Fees?

User fees and consequences if not approved; prior notice of imported foods; consumer information on reportable foods … With the seven rules proposed, FSMA focus has begun to turn to the particulars of guidance and implementation.


The Future of Food Safety: Experts Needed

Last week the USDA took a stand against the media, refuting an allegation by the New York Times that job vacancies in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are leading to more food recalls and disputing its vacancy rate data and source.