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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What Does Panera’s “No No” List Really Mean for You?

It seems that just about every week we are writing about a consumer groups fight against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), additives, nanotechnology, or some other artificial or misunderstood food ingredient. Although we’re back on a similar theme this week, this time it’s about one of our own in the food industry that is taking steps to respond to this ongoing consumer drive – with Panera’s “No No” list of artificial additives that it will be removing from its foods.


FDA Tosses a Grenade On the Table with Blue Bell 483 Reports – What Do These Mean to the Food Industry?

At the end of last week FDA made its 483 Inspectional Observation reports available for the three Blue Bell facilities the Agency inspected following the recent outbreaks and recalls for Listeria in the ice cream.


Integration and Collaboration a Common Thread from U.S. to China

From Beijing to Baltimore, whether one was participating in a food safety seminar being held in either of these global cities last week, similar messages were being conveyed: that is, the need for integration and collaboration between stakeholders in the various realms of food safety.


FSMA: What’s New for Phase 2

Last week we gained insights into some of these answers directly from FDA at its public meeting FDA Food and Safety Modernization Act Public meeting: Focus on Implementation Strategy for Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards.