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Allergen Management Tips for Food Manufacturers

Allergen Management Tips for Food Manufacturers

Posted by Zosi Team on Oct 19, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Allergenic foods pose a serious safety risk to your consumers, causing sometimes life-threatening medical reactions when exposed. As the CDC continues to report a rise in food allergies across age demographics, successful allergen management is an integral piece of food manufacturing.

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GAPs 101: Eight Basic Good Agricultural Practices

GAPs 101: Eight Basic Good Agricultural Practices

Posted by Zosi Team on Oct 13, 2021 9:40:13 AM

In May 1997, as part of the President's Food Safety Initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, and Environmental Protection Agency all sent to the president a report that identified produce as a key area of concern. 

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Topics: Produce Safety, Produce Sanitation, Agriculture Water, Agriculture

Environmental Sustainability Best Practices at Home and Work

Environmental Sustainability Best Practices at Home and Work

Posted by Zosi Team on Oct 5, 2021 1:00:00 PM



Environmental sustainability is a team effort. When you incorporate environmental sustainability into your daily routine, whether at home or work, you're not only helping the environment for future generations but you're also saving money and promoting company efficiency.

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Food Defense 101: Key Activity Types

Food Defense 101: Key Activity Types

Posted by Zosi Team on Sep 28, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Food processors who fall under the Intentional Adulteration Rule (IA Rule) must conduct a vulnerability assessment as part of their food defense plan. A vulnerability assessment measures potential public health impact (e.g. severity and scale), degree of physical access to the product, and the ability of an inside attacker to successfully adulterate your products. 

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Topics: Food Defense

What is Food Defense Risk Analysis?

What is Food Defense Risk Analysis?

Posted by Zosi Team on Sep 21, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Risk analysis is a process that helps manufacturers identify and manage potential problems in their process or facility. A food defense risk analysis model has three components: risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. Risk assessment refers to rating the severity and likelihood of a certain hazard or threat. Risk management refers to making decisions on how to control hazards and implement mitigation strategies. 

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Topics: Food Defense, Intentional Adulteration, IA Rule, Risk Assessment, Risk Communication

What Makes an Effective Internal Auditor?

What Makes an Effective Internal Auditor?

Posted by Zosi Team on Sep 14, 2021 10:38:44 AM

Your internal audit is only as good as the people completing it. Thus, the individuals selected must have the industry qualifications and auditing experience necessary to perform an effective internal audit. We’ve broken down the benchmarks for well-trained, qualified internal auditors by personal attributes, knowledge and skills, as well as experience and training below, so that you can get the most return on your internal audit investment.

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Topics: Internal Auditing

HACCP vs HARPC: What's the Difference?

HACCP vs HARPC: What's the Difference?

Posted by Zosi Team on Sep 8, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Confused about the difference between HACCP and HARPC? You’re not alone. Both stem from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a robust food safety legislation act enacted in 2011. The ultimate goal of each is to proactively identify food safety problems in your facility and correct for each. HACCP and HARPC are often used interchangeably, albeit incorrectly, in food processing circles. Here are the key differences.

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Topics: HACCP

Prerequisite Program Examples for Your HACCP System

Prerequisite Program Examples for Your HACCP System

Posted by Zosi Team on Sep 1, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Prerequisite programs, or PRPs, are essential to the development of effective HACCP systems. In theory, PRP’s act as the foundation of this system – the stronger a facility's foundation, the stronger its food safety plan. 

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Topics: HACCP

Active Shooter Readiness: How to Create an Emergency Action Plan

Active Shooter Readiness: How to Create an Emergency Action Plan

Posted by Zosi Team on Aug 24, 2021 4:30:00 PM

The number of active shooter incidents in the United States is currently 20% higher than in 2020. The words alone are enough to instill a sense of dread, let alone the statistics. 

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Topics: Active Shooter

Cybersecurity 101: What is Cyber Hygiene?

Cybersecurity 101: What is Cyber Hygiene?

Posted by Zosi Team on Aug 17, 2021 1:00:00 PM

While cyberattacks take different forms, they all rely on human error to gain entry to your company’s system. Luckily, there are routines and steps we can follow to prevent this. These practices are called cyber hygiene. Just like personal hygiene habits help keep us healthy, cyber hygiene practices help protect the health and security of computer systems. This blog will walk you through some of the most prevalent cyber hygiene practices.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Continuous Improvement: Understanding Success with Six Sigma

Continuous Improvement: Understanding Success with Six Sigma

Posted by Zosi Team on Aug 11, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Continuous quality improvement is more of a philosophy than a process or system. It requires commitment from everyone in the business. Everyone from senior management to frontline workers must adopt a mindset of continuously looking for ways to improve processes and systems by making them efficient and effective. Unsustainable continuous improvement efforts are those that fail to become part of a company’s culture.

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Arming Your Employees to Prevent Food Fraud

Arming Your Employees to Prevent Food Fraud

Posted by Zosi Team on Jul 27, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Food fraud is the deception of consumers using food products, ingredients and packaging for economic gain.  Although food fraud has only recently received heightened attention, it’s been around a long time.

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