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FSMA vs. GFSI: Changes Necessary for Compliance

This one day workshop focuses on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and how this new regulation relates to current approved Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety schemes such as FSSC 22000, SQF, BRC, IFS, and GlobalGap. You should take this workshop as a follow-up to the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls Course.

Our instructors have experience guiding clients in the creation of food safety management programs compliant with both regulatory and voluntary food safety requirements. We always prioritize the needs of attendees when designing the content for each workshop. Customized, small interactive workshops separate us from the competition – come see why our classes are known as the gold standard in food safety and management system education!

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Internal Auditor

The focus of this two-day workshop is on reviewing fundamentals and basic steps critical for internal auditors. This includes forming and asking questions, opening and closing meetings, writing non-conformances, preparing reports and an introduction to process auditing. Auditing concepts are applicable to numerous internal and external auditing approaches, including those compliant with HACCP, GFSI approved schemes (i.e. FSSC, IFS, BRC, SQF, etc.), ISO standards, and specific company second party (i.e. suppliers, corporate programs, etc.) standards and protocols. Class content and specifics are adapted based on the needs of our workshop attendees, as well as, case studies discussed are focused on their particular industries. The standard currently used by the company or the future standard to be implemented is also discussed during this workshop. Debby Newslow, primary instructor, shares her insights based on her first-hand experience and information gleaned from her latest book, a CRC Press publication: Food Safety Management Programs: Applications, Best Practices, and Compliance.

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FSSC 22000 – Implementation & Awareness

This 2.5 day interactive course provides an excellent foundation for understanding the requirements for implementation, maintenance and sustainability of a compliant and effective FSSC 22000 food safety management system. It is applicable for either implementing or maintaining a system compliant with an approved GFSI food safety scheme. This material is invaluable for those who are interested in enhancing their understanding by learning practical applications for various best practices. Debby provides insight, based on, not only, years of first-hand experience, but also on her most recent book: Food Safety Management Programs: Applications, Best Practices, and Compliance. In addition, we will discuss and answer questions on the relationship between FSSC 22000 compliance and the new FSMA regulations issued by the FDA which pertain to Preventive Controls Compliance (21CFR117).

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Why Should I Attend FSSC 22000 Implementation and Awareness?

  1. FSSC 22000 is growing in popularity as a GFSI Certified Program Owner (CPO). It is a well-defined food safety management standard that allows companies flexibility in deciding how to integrate specific requirements into established organizational system activities.  Understanding the process of adapting current company policies and procedures to meet the value-added requirements of the standard is critical for success.
  2. FSSC 22000 version 4.1 went into effect on January 1, 2018. All current FSSC 22000-compliant facilities need to understand the changes and update their systems to ensure they are compliant with Version 4.1.
  3. Even if currently approved to an alternate GFSI-approved CPO (formally referred to as a food safety management scheme) such as SQF or BRC, it is important to understand industry best practices, which are highlighted in this training. It may also be necessary to evaluate suppliers that choose FSSC 22000; this training will explain what they must do to achieve and maintain this certification, which will help with Supplier Evaluation and Approval under FSMA.
  4. The current revision (4.1) emphasizes new requirements for food defense and food fraud. Although we recommend attending our Food Defense workshop* to truly understand vulnerability and risk, it is still necessary to clearly define what must be changed. To understand and ensure compliance, it is necessary to first understand what is being asked of us.
  5. If currently certified to FSSC 22000, then companies must comply with the many updated requirements of Ver 4.1 in their 2018 calendar year upgrade audits. As with any audit, the company must define, implement and provide at least 90 days’ evidence (records) that it is maintaining compliance on an on-going basis. The sooner this training is received, the sooner this documentation process can proceed.
  6. Debby Newslow is the primary instructor for both this class and the Internal Auditing workshop being presented after this course. Drawing from her experience as an FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor, Debby will explain best practices, both for those implementing a new system and for those involved in the on-going maintenance of a compliant, sustainable and effective management system.
  7. While many companies have one or two people who have attended a formal training, Murphy’s Law (and the new requirement for unannounced audits) dictates that the auditor will likely arrive when those persons are on vacation, or out sick. It is critical that we train enough back-ups to feel confident that we can welcome an auditor any day, any time, and on any shift.

*Combination discounts are always available for attendees wishing to sign up for multiple workshops. Call us at (407) 290-2754 to find out how much you can save.

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Online Training

Online Safety Certification Training

Train your food safety leader and team online! We recommend the online training provided by 22000-tools.com. Learn at your convenience, log in and out as your schedule allows and print your certification of completion.

Online Training for SQF Edition 8.1

Complete SQF Online Training Package

Fulfill the training requirements for the SQF Practitioner and at the same time, learn how to build your SQF food safety system. Convenient online access! Learn at your own pace and print certificate of completion. You will be trained on the requirements of the SQF Code, how to perform a Gap Analysis and prepare your project plan, how to document your system using the included templates, and how to perform internal audits. This Online Implementation Package & Training not only meets the SQF requirements for training for the SQF Practitioner, but also teaches you how to set up and use your SQF food safety system.


SQF Online Internal Auditor Training

Learn to set up a successful internal audit program and to perform internal audits of your SQF system with confidence. This course meets the SQF requirements for training internal auditors.

This convenient Online Internal Auditor Training course forSQF (Safe Quality Food) will teach you the fundamentals of SQF System Elements, Food Safety Fundamentals and how to conduct an effective audit of your SQF system. This program is online and available on-demand so you can work on it whenever it is convenient.

You will go through each step of the internal audit process as you complete the course exercises and perform a practice audit of the fictional company “Mandy’s Vanilla”.


Online Training for FSSC 22000 Version 5

FSSC 22000 Complete Online Training Package

Fulfill the training requirements for the SQF Practitioner and at the same time, learn how to build your SQF food safety system. Convenient online access! Learn at your own pace and print certificate of completion. You will be trained on the requirements of the SQF Code, how to perform a Gap Analysis and prepare your project plan, how to document your system using the included templates, and how to perform internal audits. This Online Implementation Package & Training not only meets the SQF requirements for training for the SQF Practitioner, but also teaches you how to set up and use your SQF food safety system.


FSSC 22000 Online Internal Auditor Training

Learn to set up a successful internal audit program and to perform internal audits of your SQF system with confidence. This course meets the SQF requirements for training internal auditors.

This convenient Online Internal Auditor Training course forSQF (Safe Quality Food) will teach you the fundamentals of SQF System Elements, Food Safety Fundamentals and how to conduct an effective audit of your SQF system. This program is online and available on-demand so you can work on it whenever it is convenient.

You will go through each step of the internal audit process as you complete the course exercises and perform a practice audit of the fictional company “Mandy’s Vanilla”.

Employee Food Safety Training

Online Employee Food Safety Training

Meet FSMA & GFSI scheme requirements for training employees on GMP, HACCP, Allergen Management and Food Defense. Employees learn about their important role in keeping food safe.

Convenient online training includes video, audio & interactive quizzes. Print certificates of completion.