Services

As required by oversight body regulations, neither Affiliated Food Safety nor its participating organizations are permitted to provide preferential treatment in connection with certification or training based on an affiliation with Affiliated Food Safety or another participating organization.

Food Safety

Food safety must be part of your culture and integrated throughout your organization in order to proactively manage hazards and risk, and keep the food supply safe. An effective food safety management system means everyone knows what to do, how to do it, and when — even when no one is looking.

View resources about achieving food safety.

FSMA

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major overhaul of our nation’s food safety practices since 1938. FSMA shifts the focus from reaction to prevention. It includes new regulations for farms growing fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) and food-processing facilities.

View resources that help with understanding FSMA.

Information

Affiliated Food Safety brings together accurate, up-to-date information and valuable insights from industry experts and organizations dedicated to food safety. When you’re planning or implementing activities related to food safety, leveraging the right documents, methodologies, and tools makes all the difference.

With Affiliated Food Safety, you can get answers and ideas quickly, and move forward with confidence.

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Training

We are focused on providing tools to help you manage your food safety program and to meet the new FSMA training requirements. Examples of courses offered include PCQI, Basic and Advanced HACCP, Developing and Implementing SQF Systems, Listeria Control, and Internal Auditing. To view current programs, please visit HACCP Consulting Group.

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Certification

Certification to a GFSI recognized food safety standard is a recommended way to control food safety risks. Certification tells the world your product meets specific international and domestic food safety regulations. SQF, GLOBALG.A.P., and FSSC standards are a great step toward meeting FMSA requirements.

Learn more about Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

Organizations

As required by oversight body regulations, neither Affiliated Food Safety nor its participating organizations are permitted to provide preferential treatment in connection with certification or training based on an affiliation with Affiliated Food Safety or another participating organization.

Accredited Certification Bodies

When you choose an accredited certification body, you know the company meets rigorous, globally accepted criteria. You can be assured their procedures and processes for auditing is effective and robust. And just as important, the auditor has the right qualifications to effectively assess your food safety management system. An accredited certification body has third-party formal recognition from a specialized accreditation body that it is competent to carry out certification in specified business sectors. Simply put, you have Certification with Credentials!

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The Acheson Group (TAG)

TAG offers a holistic approach to food safety designed to provide practical, cost-effective solutions to manage multi-facted challenges using a variety of approaches. TAG provides a unique suite of services that combine deep industry expertise and a global perspective focused on assessing and managing operational, reputational, and regulatory risk. They have a wide range of clients regulated by the FDA or USDA.

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HACCP Consulting Group (HCG)

HCG offers comprehensive food safety consulting and training services for food processing companies, food services organizations, trade associations, and government regulatory agencies. Their strength is in their practical, dynamic, and personalized services that focus on helping clients maintain compliance with current regulatory and global food safety standards.

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Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)?

FDA defines a PCQI as a qualified individual who has successfully completed specific training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls (equivalent to a standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA), or otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system. According to section 117.180 of the rule, the PCQI is responsible to a) develop or oversee preparation of the food safety plan, b) validate the preventive controls, c) review records, and d) reanalysis of the food safety plan.

Where can I take PCQI training?

Please visit HACCP Consulting Group for current class schedules.

Where can I find answers to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act?

Please visit the FDA’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Who needs to comply with FSMA?

Facilities that are regulated by the FDA must comply with FSMA. More details can be obtained at the FDA’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

When do I need to be FSMA Compliant?

Please view the extended compliance dates.

If I am certified to a GFSI benchmarked scheme, am I FSMA compliant?

Not necessarily, but most likely are very close. Please visit the following links for a comparision of the scheme against FSMA rules.

SQF Reference · FSSC Reference