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2021

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 ET, 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.

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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.

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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.

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$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, 7:00 am ET

IA Inspections & Quick-Checks Resuming … 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 one-hour webinar, TAG’s own 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?”

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May 13, 2021, 5 AM ET

In this free webinar, featured speakers, including TAG Senior Director Food Safety & Supply Chain Risk Management Dr. Liliana Casal-Wardle, will discuss the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as a food safety passport to the global market. They will discuss changes and trends in food safety standards, compliance failures and corresponding controls, as well as present risk management case studies from small, medium and large food companies. A review will cover software solutions, including how to prevent auto-failures and achieve one-minute mock recall compliance. For more information and registration, visit Xtalks.

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May 20-21, 2021, 10am-5pm ET

FSVP QI Training: Don’t Get 483’d for Your FSVP

Under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule of FSMA, a qualified individual (QI) must develop an FSVP and perform certain risk-based activities to verify that a food to be imported to the U.S. was produced in a manner that meets U.S. food safety standards. This TAG course will provide participants with the education and training needed to become a certified QI and develop and implement an FSVP to keep you safe from 483s.

To assist in your FSVP development, TAG is offering a virtual FSVP QI training on May 20-21 delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes. TAG training 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. Cost: $750 per person plus material expenses.

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May 21, 2021, 12:00 pm ET

FSMA Friday: Making Sense of the FDA’s Reportable Food Registry

TAG Director of Food Safety Mary Hoffman will join SafetyChain for FSMA Friday to talk about the FDA’s Reportable Food Registry (RFR). Although the RFR has been around for more than a decade, many manufacturers still don’t know exactly what kinds of issues should be reported, nor when, nor how to report them. But, if a food manufacturer fails to report an issue to the RFR, serious consequences can ensue! In 30 minutes, Mary will break down not only who is responsible, but also required steps when an adulteration occurs, and the when-where-what-how RFR reporting protocols.

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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.

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$595*

 

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

June 16, 9-10 am ET

Empowering Your Environmental Monitoring Program

Join TAG Founder and CEO Dr David Acheson as he presents the Keynote on Empowering Your EMP at the Neogen EMP Virtual Conference Wednesday June 16, 9-10 AM ET. A member of Neogen’s Advisory Board, Dr. Acheson will discuss the importance of an environmental control program to prevent contamination and the value of a robust environmental monitoring program to verify the effectiveness of your control program, including what to do with positive results and how to manage those risks effectively. He will also explore the current regulatory landscape around ready-to-eat foods and the increased risks and focus in this area from the FDA.

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June 25, 12 noon ET

Deli Risk Factors

Unpacking the FDA’s Report on Foodborne Illness in Retail Delis

On this month’s FSMA Friday with SafetyChain Software, TAG Vice President of Public Health Dr. Rolando Gonzalez summarizes the FDA’s recent report on The Occurrence of Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Retail Food Store Deli Departments. While some of the findings in the 49-page report won’t surprise you, some aspects are eye-opening (to say the least). So whether you’re responsible for food safety in a deli located in a retail store OR work in another manufacturing setting, this 30-minute presentation is an excellent refresher for food safety requirements that you might need to pay attention to in your workplace.

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July 12-13, 2021

FSVP QI Training: Don’t Get 483’d by Your FSVP

Under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule of FSMA, a qualified individual (QI) must develop an FSVP and perform certain risk-based activities to verify that a food to be imported to the U.S. was produced in a manner that meets U.S. food safety standards. This TAG course will provide participants with the education and training needed to become a certified QI and develop and implement an FSVP to keep you safe from 483s.

To assist in your FSVP development, TAG is offering a virtual FSVP QI training on July 12-13 delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes. TAG training 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. Cost: $750 per person plus material expenses.

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July 21, 2021 2:00 PM EDT

How to Turn Recall Crisis into a Normal Business Process

The inconvenience and even pain of recalls flows down the supply chain, landing squarely in retailers’ laps on Friday afternoons. What if it didn’t have to be that way? How can the interruption be simplified, damage minimized and costs recovered? Join webinar panelists Dr. David Acheson, TAG President & CEO;  Roger Hancock, Recall InfoLink President and CEO; and Jim Flannery, SummitVentures CEO July 21, 2021 2:00 PM EDT on How to Turn Recall Crisis into a Normal Business Process. The panel of retailers and industry experts, hosted by NGA and Recall InfoLink, will discuss how to change the narrative around a recall crisis with simple process improvements, technology implementation and global connectivity. When recalls become a normal business process, crisis turns to confidence and everyone sleeps better at night. Attendees can expect to come away with an understanding of what a modernized and standardized recall process looks like, and a motivation to evaluate their recall process and make needed changes.

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 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

July 30, 2021, 12 noon ET

FDA’s New Rule: Food Traceability 7 Things to Know Right Now

An Update on the FDA-Proposed Food Traceability Rule: Record-Keeping Requirements Are Changing

Under the FDA’s proposed Food Traceability Rule, manufacturers would be required to produce documentation for certain Key Data Elements (KDEs) & Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) within 24 hours of request in a sortable, electronic spreadsheet. The change presents a significant hurdle for companies that haven’t yet transitioned to fully automated plant management software—especially those still using paper-based records. Yet, tracing the movement of high-risk foods is critical in the New Era of Food Safety, so the pressure is on.

While the proposed requirement originally surfaced last fall, much has changed since then. Join The Acheson Group’s Director of Food Safety, Eric Edmunds, JD, at our July FSMA Friday as he recaps the proposed regulation and provides a timely update to help you prepare your facility. 

You will learn:

  • The Facts: Need-to-know details about the trace rule, including dates, deadlines, exemptions, CTEs, KDEs, record maintenance best practices, and any recent additions to Sec 204 (FTL)
  • The Challenge: How the FDA hopes to take traceability compliance out of the binder and into a tech-enabled solution 
  • The Solution: Ways companies can begin preparing to be trace-compliant right now

To assist in your FSVP development, TAG is offering a virtual FSVP QI training on July 12-13 delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes. TAG training 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. Cost: $750 per person plus material expenses.

REGISTER HERE

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 HERE

$595*

 

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

August 18, 2:00 pm ET

Rising Above: Empowering Your Workforce Against the Delta Variant and Other Communicable Diseases

With the current surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., primarily driven by the Delta variant, we are not out of the woods yet with the pandemic. As many businesses return to onsite work this Fall, kids go back to school and we spend more time indoors, we thoroughly expect that there will be another spike in cases. It’s important to develop a plan now to ensure your workplace is adequately prepared for what’s to come in the next few months. This includes developing a multidisciplinary approach: (1) educating your employees about risk control measures, (2) developing a testing and vaccination plan and (3) assisting your employees with resources to help manage the stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, 2pm EST, via Zoom, for a roundtable discussion. Moderated by The Acheson Group Communications Director, Lisa Jo Lupo, the following industry experts will discuss the current state of the pandemic, what employers can do to bring their employees back to work safely, and how to develop a preparedness plan for this Fall and beyond – and answer your questions. This is a free event that you won’t want to miss!

Ben Miller, Ph.D., MPH
Senior Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs
The Acheson Group

Abhi Andley
President & CEO
Homeland Health Specialists

Kristine Keykal, MPH
Co-Founder & CEO
AdvantageHealth Corporation

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Sep 22, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Sanitation Steps: When Digital Transformation Streamlines Monitoring of CIP and Open Cleaning Procedures

The joint mission between the food industry, academia, and regulatory agencies is to reduce the number of foodborne illnesses, and digitalization is a critical step in improving food safety, traceability, and quality programs to decrease the room for error.

Many companies are in various phases of digitalization at their companies and are test driving digitalization in areas such as environmental monitoring, process, and sanitation controls, recalls, supplier management, and verification systems. They are seeing benefits in traceability, speed, efficiency, centralized data management, and compliance.

But several open questions remain: What tools exist today and what is missing? How does digitalization actually bridge gaps and how does it work in plants? How does it increase ROI while maintaining regulatory compliance and enhancing product quality?

Presenters

  • Ruth Petran, The Acheson Group and Ruth Petran Consulting, LLC.
  • James Davis, Global Sanitation OSI Group, LLC.
  • John Donaghy, Nestle SA
  • Anika Bansal, Binduelle Fresh Americas
  • Vidya Ananth, Novolyze (Moderator)

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Sept 23-24, 2021

FSVP QI Training: Don’t Get 483’d by Your FSVP

Under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule of FSMA, a qualified individual (QI) must develop an FSVP and perform certain risk-based activities to verify that a food to be imported to the U.S. was produced in a manner that meets U.S. food safety standards. This TAG course will provide participants with the education and training needed to become a certified QI and develop and implement an FSVP to keep you safe from 483s.

To assist in your FSVP development, TAG is offering a virtual FSVP QI training on September 23-24 delivered by Director of Food Safety Christopher Snabes. TAG training 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. Cost: $750 per person plus material expenses.

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Sept 24, 2021, 12 noon EST

Internal audits can be one of the most powerful tools in your continuous improvement toolbox when leveraged correctly. However, many F&B companies are still unsure of how to conduct an effective internal audit. When done correctly, their value is immeasurable. Not only can audits prevent recalls and expose minor problems before they escalate, but well-designed internal audits can strengthen food safety and quality cultures.

In this month’s FSMA Friday Webinar, Lacey Keesee, Director of Food Safety at TAG, will discuss what it takes to conduct a winning audit through the lens of The Three Cs of Auditing: Communication, Culture, and Coordination.

Join us to get the perfect recipe for your audits. You’ll take away: 

  • Steps in the audit preparation process
  • Tips for conducting audits that build, not break a winning culture
  • Ways to guarantee post-audit value

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