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Welcome to our newsletter. It delivers important news and information, as well as identifying useful resources that can enhance your organization's competitiveness in the food industry. Our focus is on helping you to achieve and maintain an approved GFSI food safety certification. In doing so, we typically become a valued business partner to our clients. 

Americans are Worried about Food Safety...and Rightly So!   


A Harris Poll completed last month found that 86 percent of respondents were either seriously concerned (28 percent) or somewhat concerned (58 percent) about food safety and a majority of 73 percent said there should be more government oversight of food production.


And Americans have cause for concern. Recalls so far just this month include rice products, dark chocolate almonds, tomatoes, dog and cat food, dried lilies, beef jerky, chicken noodle soup, boneless ham prosciutto, and sweeten ginger candy...not to mention the nearly 9 million pounds of beef from diseased animals distributed without adequate inspection.   


The causes of recalls are varied. They include everything from misbranding, using the wrong HACCP plan, processing deviations, inadequate or improper inspections, contamination, undeclared allergens, insanitary conditions, and so on.


The sad truth is that most recalls can be prevented with up-to-date food safety plans (including supply chain management) that are enforced and backed by ongoing employee training. Instead, these companies will now spend a ton of money dealing with the cost, management, legal and market consequences of a product recall, all of which fall directly to the bottom line. The irony is that a much smaller investment in ongoing food safety program maintenance and training could have probably prevented the recall from ever happening in the first place!  


Driven by the Food Safety Modernization Act and enforced by the FDA, the demand for food safety programs has never been higher. Moreover, supply chain vendors must now comply with major retailer requirements to become certified to a worldwide food safety standard, typically one benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).     


PSV Food Safety Consultants offers affordable consulting to assist North American companies in achieving GFSI acceptable certifications. And to keep you certified, as well as avoiding expensive recalls, we offer our comprehensive Gold Star Maintenance Program that is customized to satisfy your unique needs. Please contact us for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help your organization.   

Food Safety in the News

Safe Quality Food Institute adopts unannounced audits. Unannounced food safety audits will be included in the next revision of the Safe Quality Food Institute code. The protocol for such audits is scheduled to be introduced in February and implemented in July. It will require that one out of every three audits by Arlington, Va.-based Safe Quality Food Institute be unannounced.
February, 2014



In This Issue
Americans Worried about Food Safety!
In the News
Don Steele, PSV Food Safety Consultants 
Don Steele

We are a network of food safety consultants with seasoned expertise in helping clients become certified under approved GFSI schemes. Our consultants work closely with you to develop a certification strategy that best fits your unique situation and budget. And our turnkey consulting approach ensures your certification success in a timely fashion...satisfaction guaranteed!.




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How can your business and facilities become certified to a GFSI approved scheme? This detailed, customized report explains the steps involved and provides North American organizations with an estimate for consulting, Registrar and auditing fees. It also gives you an idea of the timeframe typically required for a company like yours to achieve a GFSI food safety certification. And just for requesting the Report, we will send a FREE publication, "Marketing your Food Safety Certification - How to Promote your Food Safety Certification," which explains how to leverage your GFSI-approved certification to gain more business.