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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Finalizing, Implementing, and Evaluating the Success of the FSMA Rules

December 15—the last day that the public has to comment on the supplements to the Human and Animal Food Preventive Controls Rules, the Produce Safety Rule, and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program—is fast approaching.


How Does Testing Fit into your Food Safety Program?

You are responsible for the safety of the food you grow, manufacture, transport, distribute or sell directly to consumers wherever you fit on the farm to fork continuum.  This may involve a variety of controls including ensuring you have supplier controls in place, accurately labeling product shelf-life, allergens, and can trace your product forward and

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FSMA Non-Compliance: How Will FDA Know? What Will FDA Do?

As the rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gradually move toward finalization, we have begun hearing more and more comments and questions on compliance and FDA enforcement. Not just on how to comply, but also, “What happens if I don’t comply with every facet of the rules?” and, further, “How will FDA know?”

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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.