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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Poultry Industry Is Center of Controversy, Demands, and a Lawsuit

Once again, a federal agency is faced with “dinged if you do, dinged if you don’t” from consumer and advocacy groups. This time it is USDA that is being brought to court, in the midst of multiple dings being made on all fronts of the meat and poultry industry. On August 21, USDA issued the

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FSMA Re-proposals Bring Major Revisions

First and foremost, we believe the newly issued supplements represent the open rulemaking process at work. Stakeholders provided comment, and FDA listened. Additionally, with respect to the application of preventive controls for animal food, many of the proposed changes mirror those proposed to the human food rule:


The PCA Verdict: Justice? Just Wrong or Just Indifferent? What’s Your Verdict?

After 26 days, a judge and jury in Albany, GA set historic legal precedent on September 19, 2014 when they decided to convict Stewart and Michael Parnell on a combined total of 97 federal felony counts resulting from one of the most followed foodborne illness outbreaks and subsequent legal cases in recent years, related to

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Preventive Control Re-proposal: Added Requirements, Added Flexibility

On Friday September 19, 2014, FDA finally released re-proposals to four of the main FSMA-related rules: Preventive Controls for both Human and Animal Food, the Produce Safety Rule, and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program. The 75-day comment period will close around mid-December, after the proposals are officially published in the Federal Register.