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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GMO Labeling: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

In January, we predicted that 2014 would be the year of GMOs, and it has certainly shaped up to be that way. By whatever acronym you prefer – GMOs, GEs, GM foods – the discussion and controversy on these genetically modified/engineered foods continue to pervade the industry, with the latest news being that of the

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COOL: Fighting It Out on a Global Battlefield

Labeling food products with their country of origin would seem to be fairly innocuous, and simplistic, as it enables consumers to make informed buying decisions. But the continuing international dispute over the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements enacted in 2008 underscore the difficulty of setting rules or standards that will appease consumers, industry,

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The Shangri-La of Food Safety

We all aspire to high levels of food safety and, at the same time, recognize the need to manage resources and focus on areas of greatest risk. This newsletter is a reflection on the aspiration to high food safety standards and an experience that spoke to the very core of food safety culture. It is

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EMA: Hype or Hazard?

Economically motivated adulteration (EMA) has become the latest buzzword across the industry, bringing new regulation and recommendations along with industry questions and concern. Our question is: How much focus should we really be putting on EMA? Is it a significant public health issue? Or is it, as its name denotes, primarily an economic issue?