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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Is FDA Stepping Up or Overstepping Its Authority?

In the recent injunction against S. Serra Cheese Company, FDA is proving to be stepping up its game and asserting enhanced authority. However, it’s coming in ways that some may consider to be somewhat controversial – imposing harsher consequences on incidents of lesser hazard.


When WILL we see the next round of FSMA rules?

Is it déjà vu all over again with the wait for the next round of proposed FSMA rules? Remember back a couple of years when we waited and waited … and waited while OMB “reviewed” the proposed FSMA rules, and we got all tangled up in elections and other political interference? Is history repeating itself?


The First Tunes of International Regulatory Harmonization

One thing is certain – the global food market continues to expand. And – if July is any indication – the world is (finally) realizing and starting to act on the need for more international partnerships and alignment of food safety standards.

In July, the following steps toward harmonization occurred:


Should We Modernize Poultry Production?

The proposed system – of shifting the role of food safety in poultry plants from always on-the-line FSIS inspections to plant personnel – and the related rule have undergone various iterations in that time. But the basic premise of risk-based HIMP system, and the position of USDA, is that this modernizing of the inspection process will not only improve efficiencies and save federal (i.e., taxpayer) money, it will also make for safer food.