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January 19-20, 2021. 12 noon

TAG Virtual IA Vulnerability Assessment Training

To fulfill the requirements of FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule, food facilities must develop and maintain a written Food Defense Plan (FDP) written (or its writing overseen) by a Food Defense Qualified Individual (FDQI). Included in the requirements for the FDP is a vulnerability assessment (VA) for each facility.

To assist FDQIs in the development of the FDP, TAG is offering a virtual IA VA training on January 19-20, 2021. TAG’s training, delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes and Vice President of Public Health Rolando Gonzalez, follows the standardized curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and recognized by the FDA. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the “FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments,” using the Three Fundamental Elements, upon completion of the training.

Due to the limited period that the FSPCA is allowing for the pilot program, the virtual delivery of IA VA training is available only until March 31, 2021 – with no more than 8 participants allowed per session/per instructor.

10:00 am - 11:00 am ET, January 29, 2021

Seafood Safety Virtual Office Hour

TAG Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Cameron Prince is participating on panel with University of Florida Assistant Professor & Seafood Safety Extension Specialist Dr. Razieh Farzad and University of Maine Associate Extension Professor & Food Safety Specialist Dr. Jason Bolton to answer your questions for issues related to seafood safety.

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12:00 pm, January 29, 2021

FSMA Friday: GFSI Remote And Virtual Audits

TAG Senior Advisor, Food Safety Rich Simmons will present the monthly FSMA Friday session on GFSI Remote and Virtual Audits. 

On demand

Q & A With David Acheson (Recorded)

Hear from Dr. David Acheson, CEO and Founder of The Acheson Group (TAG), on current issues and events of the ever-changing worlds of food safety and public health.

On demand

FSMA Friday: Navigating COVID Complexity In 2021 (Replay)

David Acheson, M.D., and Ben Miller, Ph.D., M.P.H., discuss the truth about the vaccines, implications of emerging epidemiological patterns, and ways you can minimize disruptions in your facilities from COVID-19 in the New Year.

January 19-20, 2021

Regulatory & Other Food Safety Changes Coming In 2021

TAG's Director of Food Safety Eric Edmunds, J.D.,and Food Processing editor Dave Fusaro, discuss the FDA/USDA regulatory and food safety changes coming into effect in 2021. They will discuss changes to Nutrition Facts and Bioengineered labeling requirements, new FDA requirements for tracking and tracing, and discuss how agency (and GFSI) inspections are changing as a result of the pandemic. Register here.

Friday, February 26, 2021

FSMA Friday: Building an Auditable, Measurable Food Safety Culture [Webinar]

What formerly was a “nice-to-have" is now a requirement, mandated by both GFSI and the FDA: creating a measurable, auditable, food safety culture. But how can something like culture be assessed and audited? What elements can be measured, and how must they be documented to satisfy governing & certification bodies? And beyond the new certification requirements, how do leading FSQA managers use Food Safety Culture to drive continuous improvement strategies?

Join Dr. Liliana Casal-Wardle, Ph.D., Senior Director of Food Safety at TAG, on February 26th for a 30-minute look at building an auditable, measurable food safety culture.

Register now!

On demand

Q&A With Dr. David Acheson (Recorded)

Hear from Dr. David Acheson, CEO and Founder of The Acheson Group (TAG), on current issues and events of the ever-changing worlds of food safety and public health.

March 26, 2021, 12 noon

FSMA FRIDAY: Don’t Get 483’d from Your FSVP

Even if You Think Your FSVP is Good, It Might Need Updating [Webinar]

In 2020, one of the top five triggers for FDA Form 483s stemmed from a lack of a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). With more than 500 facilities being cited last year alone, it's time to re-examine your FSVP and get it in audit-ready, tip-top shape. Join Lily Yang, Ph.D., TAG’s Food Safety Associate, as she shows you how on March 26, 2021 at 9am PT.

Register yourself and your team today!

March 09-10, 2021

TAG Virtual IA Vulnerability Assessment Training

This class is filled, please see April, June and August for other training options.

To fulfill the requirements of FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule, food facilities must develop and maintain a written Food Defense Plan (FDP) written (or its writing overseen) by a Food Defense Qualified Individual (FDQI). Included in the requirements for the FDP is a vulnerability assessment (VA) for each facility.

To assist FDQIs in the development of the FDP, TAG is offering a virtual IA VA training on March 9-10, 2021. TAG’s training, delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes and Vice President of Public Health Rolando Gonzalez, follows the standardized curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and recognized by the FDA. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the “FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments,” using the Three Fundamental Elements, upon completion of the training.

Required pre-requisite training: KAT and Mitigation Training courses are required to be taken prior to this training. This training will be offered the day before the course begins on March 8th.

This class is filled, please see June and August for additional classes.

*$595 per person plus training/certificate expense. An additional $50 per person for pre-requisite trainings.

April 27-28

TAG Virtual IA Vulnerability Assessment Training

To fulfill the requirements of FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule, food facilities must develop and maintain a written Food Defense Plan (FDP) written (or its writing overseen) by a Food Defense Qualified Individual (FDQI). Included in the requirements for the FDP is a vulnerability assessment (VA) for each facility.

To assist FDQIs in the development of the FDP, TAG is offering a virtual IA VA training on April 27-28, 2021. TAG’s training, delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes and Vice President of Public Health Rolando Gonzalez, follows the standardized curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and recognized by the FDA. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the “FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments,” using the Three Fundamental Elements, upon completion of the training.

Required pre-requisite training: KAT and Mitigation Training courses are required to be taken prior to this training. This training will be offered the day before the course begins on April 26.

🎓 Register Today 🎓

$595*

 

*$595 per person plus training/certificate expense. An additional $50 per person for pre-requisite trainings.

April 30, 12 noon EDT

FSMA Friday:  Is a Return to Normalcy in Sight?  (Vaccine Updates and More)

What to Know About Virus Variants, New Vaccine Efficacies & Availability, and a Roundup of Required Checks Since COVID-19

Join our April 30th FSMA Friday when Dr. Ben Miller updates manufacturers on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, results, and the roadmap to normalcy. He’ll also recap best practices and required COVID checks for manufacturers so you can see how your facility stacks up. Are your checks and record keeping up-to-date? Attend and find out!

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May 5, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

June 15-16

TAG Virtual IA Vulnerability Assessment Training

To fulfill the requirements of FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule, food facilities must develop and maintain a written Food Defense Plan (FDP) written (or its writing overseen) by a Food Defense Qualified Individual (FDQI). Included in the requirements for the FDP is a vulnerability assessment (VA) for each facility.

To assist FDQIs in the development of the FDP, TAG is offering a virtual IA VA training on June 15-16, 2021. TAG’s training, delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes and Vice President of Public Health Rolando Gonzalez, follows the standardized curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and recognized by the FDA. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the “FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments,” using the Three Fundamental Elements, upon completion of the training.

Required pre-requisite trainingKAT and Mitigation Training courses are required to be taken prior to this training. This training will be offered the day before the course begins on June 14.

🎓 Register Today 🎓

$595*

 

*$595 per person plus training/certificate expense. An additional $50 per person for pre-requisite trainings.

August 10-11

TAG Virtual IA Vulnerability Assessment Training

To fulfill the requirements of FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule, food facilities must develop and maintain a written Food Defense Plan (FDP) written (or its writing overseen) by a Food Defense Qualified Individual (FDQI). Included in the requirements for the FDP is a vulnerability assessment (VA) for each facility.

To assist FDQIs in the development of the FDP, TAG is offering a virtual IA VA training on August 10-11, 2021. TAG’s training, delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes and Vice President of Public Health Rolando Gonzalez, follows the standardized curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and recognized by the FDA. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the “FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments,” using the Three Fundamental Elements, upon completion of the training.

Required pre-requisite trainingKAT and Mitigation Training courses are required to be taken prior to this training. This training will be offered the day before the course begins on August 9.

🎓 Register Today 🎓

$595*

 

*$595 per person plus training/certificate expense. An additional $50 per person for pre-requisite trainings.

IA Inspections & Quick-Checks Resume ... Are You Ready?

Knock, knock, It’s the FDA, and their quick checks & IA inspections are no joke. While quick checks have begun, at some point in the future routine Intentional Adulteration inspections will begin.  In the meantime, numerous companies have been active in preparing their food defense plans, while many others have not even begun.  What is the best way to assess your vulnerability and ensure your Food Defense Plan will be compliant — based on your KATs, using the 3 Elements approach, or employing a hybrid method?

In this free 1-hour webinar, TAG’s FSPCA Lead Instructor Christopher Snabes will review the FDA Intentional Adulteration (IA) regulation, suggest several sure-fire ways to conduct your vulnerability assessments, prepare you for a Quick Check, and provide training resources for those interested in additional, virtual IA Vulnerability Assessment Training. Then, after the webinar, when someone knocks at your door, you can confidently respond, “Who’s there?”

Register here