Food Safety Audits Needed to Sell at Whole Foods

Whole Foods grocery stores seem to be everywhere now. It’s no wonder most vendors want their food products to be sold at Whole Foods. Whole Foods is known for carrying high-quality food products and they want their vendors to supply their stores with safe food as well.  So, what food safety requirements do you need […]

Salmonella a Food Safety Bad Guy

Sometimes it’s more fun to learn about the villains of food safety – Listeria, E-coli, insects, metal shards, Botulism (this one is really scary), and of course Salmonella which is everybody’s favorite. Haha, just kidding. But Salmonella is probably the most well-known food toxin that many people have had experience with. (More about this later, but […]

What is a GMP Certification and Audit?

Has a business such as Whole Foods, Costco, Publix, Kroger, Trader Joe’s or Aldi told you that you need a CGMP aka GMP  certification (Good Manufacturing Practices) before they will sell your product in their stores? GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices and is a set of standards and requirements set by the FDA that […]

How to Prepare for a Costco Audit

Wouldn’t it be great to get your food products into Costco? Costco has close to 800 stores and over 200 locations outside the United States. Costco is the third largest retailer in the United States and is still growing! Just think of the income, yikes! But getting your product into Costco can be difficult. After […]

Is Having a HACCP Plan Mandatory or Voluntary?

Is Having a HACCP Plan a Voluntary Process or is it Mandatory? HACCP Plan Basics Do you ever wonder how a restaurant or food manufacturer keeps food safe to eat for their customers? They keep food safe because they follow a customized HACCP plan. Does the government mandate that a food business follow a HACCP […]

What is a BRC audit? How to pass a BRC audit?

A BRC (British Retail Consortium) food safety audit is an international standard, implemented as a questionnaire, to check for compliance in food production. BRC audits help businesses meet the latest requirements of the BRC standard #8. The audits can be announced or unannounced which ensures that the companies producing food follow good practices every day, not […]

Environmental Monitoring in Food Safety

At FoodReady food safety software and consulting we get many emails asking about environmental monitoring, what it is and how we can help food businesses perform environmental monitoring. Lucky for you, FoodReady is coming out with an Environmental Monitoring App to help you with these tasks. I will be writing a more in-depth article regarding our Environmental […]

FSMA Proposes New Rule for Food Traceability

There are additional food traceability requirements coming in November 2022. These requirements affect businesses that manufacture, pack, process or hold foods that the FDA has included on the Food Traceability List (FTL). As a business that works with foods on the traceability list, you must maintain records containing Key Data Elements (KDEs) that are associated […]

The FDA Ushers in a “New Era of Smarter Food Safety”

FDA Ushers in a “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” By Luke Duffy As Director of Food Safety and Quality as well as being a food safety consultant at FoodReady.ai I took a special interest in this webinar and packet released by the FDA in December of 2021. This information is part of  new streamlining […]