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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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Would the Produce Safety Rule Prevent It?

The question is often asked around whether FSMA will make a difference?  Will FSMA reduce the likelihood of outbreaks or recalls and overall protect public health?  My answer to this is that, in time, I believe it will have an impact, but it will take time and will be neither cheap nor easy. This week

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Lm: The Next Frontier in Retail Regulation?

I often get asked whether retail and food service is the next big area for federal food safety regulations to change. My answer is that in the short term – no. However, I do think we will continue to see more focus on food safety risks at the retail and food service levels as FSMA regulations take effect. But I see this on 5-10 year time scale and not as an immediate focus.

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Loyalty Card/Recall Notification Settlement Nearing: What Will this Mean for Retailers?

Retailers who issue loyalty cards may be soon finding out if they hold notification responsibility when loyalty card customers purchase items that are subsequently recalled.

It’s been nearly five years since the March 2011 filing of the suit against Safeway Inc. for non-notification of loyalty card holders about recalls on items purchased. The suit was filed by consumers, with partial representation by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and a class action status request.

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New Packaging Rule Illustrates Industry’s Need for Increased Awareness of Risk

On the last day of 2015 FDA issued a new packaging rule, amending the food additive regulations to no longer provide for the use of three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs) as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods.

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