Who are we?

A group of dedicated people providing support to the food and beverage processing and manufacturing industry. We have “hands-on experience” that allows us to understand the hazards and the risks associated with your processes and pre-requisite programs and, identify, develop and implement procedures to control them effectively. We are consulting, training and auditing processing and manufacturing facilities around the world since 1992. Check the Testimonials and see why so many companies trust on our services.

We are now ready to teach the NEW Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls for Human Food class following the standardized curriculum approved by the FDA and developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). Contact us today to schedule your in-house training!

We are currently in the process to receive certificates for lead instructors for the following rules:

  • Preventive Controls for Animal Food
  • Produce Safety rule (Grower Training)
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
  • Intentional Adulteration

Recent testimonials

"Jose - I thought you did a wonderful job and I have told others to take your class rather than wasting time with an advanced HACCP course." / Kathy Balcom / Icicle Seafood / PCQI class in Seattle, WA / October 17-19, 2016

"I attended the Preventive Controls for Human Food course in October, 2016 which was taught by Jose Sabal. Jose is an excellent instructor and I highly recommend him. His method of teaching is such that the class participants become engaged and more than once we did not realize that we had gone past a scheduled break." / Kathy Balcom / Icicle Seafood / PCQI class in Seattle, WA / October 17-19, 2016

"You taught a great class this week. You teaching style and personality allowed me to be immersed into this course. For a professional that is new to the Food industry, thank you very much for your time!!!" Justin Martin / PCQI class in Atlanta, GA / October 6th, 2016.

"Jose’ is my instructor this week for the Preventive Controls for Human Food. He is an awesome instructor and is very knowledgeable of the food industry." "Again I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your class last week. It's a lot to take in but you made it very enjoyable." Maggie Smith / Viand Group / May 17th to 19th, 2016.

"I wanted to thank you for a great HACCP training class.  Your practical approach of explaining the reasons behind the HACCP principles is very innovative and refreshing. I appreciated the time you took to explain the connection between a HACCP plan and the government regulations and available supporting resources." Laurel S / IHA HACCP class / May 24th and 25th, 2016.

 

Recent news

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October 16th, 2016

What to Expect Now that the First Big FSMA Compliance Dates Are Here

August 24th, 2016

FSMA - Draft Guidance for Industry: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food

FSMA - Extension and Clarification of Compliance Dates for Certain Provisions of Four Implementing Rules

The FDA published this provision with clarifications and extensions of some of the compliance dates described below.

FSMA - Clarification of compliance dates on four of the seven rules - Federal Register notification

May 27th, 2016

FSMA rule # 7: The "Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration" has been finalized and published in the Federal Register, Volume 81, number 34165 (81FR 34165) / 21 CFR 121. Implementation due date: July 27th, 2019 (Three years) for companies with more than 500 employees. Companies less than 500 employees due date is July 27th, 2020 (Four years), and Companies with less than $10 million/year in sales of food will need to comply by July 27th, 2021. Exemptions are described in 21 CFR 121.5.

April 6th, 2016

FSMA rule # 6: The "Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food" has been finalized and published in the Federal Register, Volume 81, number 20091 (81 FR 20091) / 21 CFR 1, Subpart O.

Compliance dates:

  • Small business (businesses other than motor carriers who are not also shippers and/or receivers employing fewer than 500 persons and motor carriers having less than $27.5 million in annual receipts): April 2018.
  • Other businesses (a business that is not small and is not otherwise excluded from coverage): April 2017

November 27th, 2015

FSMA rule # 3: The "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 228 (80 FR 74547) / 21 CFR 112.

Compliance dates for covered activities, except for sprouts or exempted facilities (See "Extension and Clarification of Compliance" under August 24th update above):

  • Very small businesses (Average annual sales in the previous three years between $25,000 and $250,000): November 2019
  • Small businesses (Average annual sales in the previous three years between $250,000 and $500,000): November 2018
  • Other (Sales of more than $500,000): November 2017

FSMA rule # 4: The "Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals: Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 228 (80 FR 74340) / 21 CFR 1, Subpart L.

Compliance date is the lates of the following:

  • 18 months after publication of the final rule: June 2017
  • For the importation of food from a supplier that is subject to the preventive controls or produce safety rules, six months after the foreign supplier is required to meet the relevant regulations.
  • For an importer that is itself a manufacturer or processor subject to the supply-chain program provisions in the preventive controls regulations, the date by which it has to comply with those provisions.

FSMA rule # 5: The "Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications: Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 228 (80 FR 74650) / 21 CFR 1, Subpart M.

Compliance dates

  • FDA intends to implement this program as soon as possible after publication of the final Model Accreditation Standards guidance, and the final user fee rule, both of which will be published separately.
  • Accreditation bodies could begin to apply for recognition when the program goes into effect, and third-party certification bodies could seek accreditation after one or more FDA-recognized accreditation bodies begin accepting applications.

September 17th, 2015

FSMA rule # 1: The "Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food; Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 180 (80 FR 55907) / 21 CFR 117.

Compliance dates:

  • Companies with more than 500 employees: September 19th, 2016
  • Companies less than 500 employees (Small companies): September 19th, 2017
  • Companies with less than $1 million/year (Very small companies): September 19th, 2018.

FSMA rule # 2: The "Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Animal Food; Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 180 (80 FR 56169) / 21 CFR 507.

Compliance dates for the implementation of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices as follows:

  • Companies with more than 500 employees: September of 2016.
  • Companies with less than 500 employees (Small business): September of 2017.
  • Companies with sales of less than $2.5 million/year (average in the last three years): September 2018.

Compliance with the Preventive Controls as follows:

  • Companies with more than 500 employees: September of 2017.
  • Companies with less than 500 employees (Small business): September of 2018.
  • Companies with sales of less than $2.5 million/year (average in the last three years): September 2019.

Want more FSMA information?, go to the FSMA Rules & Guidance for Industry

 

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Last updated: February 21st, 2017
 

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