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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. 

Food Companies Face Increased Odds of Litigation       


legal If people get sick from food products related to your company, civil and criminal liability are a possibility. Even labeling claims can generate a lawsuit.


According to the Food Liability Law Blog, "For the past few years, there has been a steady, if not increasing, stream of class action lawsuits filed against various food and beverage manufacturers and retailers alleging misbranding and false advertising due to the presence of "All Natural" claims. The companies sued in these cases range from major manufacturers and retailers to small private label suppliers. Typically, these consumer class actions typically allege that the products are falsely marketed as "natural" because they contain synthetic, artificial or processed ingredients. Products that bear an "All Natural" claim but contain ingredients anywhere from ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to zinc oxide have been challenged on false advertising grounds."

Let's face it, law schools keep graduating more and more attorneys that need to make a living. In the past, attorneys have targeted industries like real estate as growth markets. Because of the FSMA, companies in the food industry have now come under their spotlight.

Essential to mitigating damages from lawsuits (and criminal proceedings) is the ability to demonstrate compliance with accepted international food safety standards, like those benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Not only do these standards promote detailed record keeping which is critical to mounting a defense, they also include verification of product recall procedures.

To reduce legal and health risks, it is strongly recommended that those in the food industry embrace software and online solutions which capture real-time data indicating compliance with FDA requirements and food safety standards. Working with knowledgeable food safety consultants to ensure FSMA compliance is also a wise investment. Your survival just might depend on it. 

Food Safety in the News 
September, 2014



In This Issue
Litigation Risks Increase
In the News
Don Steele, PSV Food Safety Consultants 
Don Steele

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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.