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SOURCE: SGS NORTH AMERICA
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will require food producers/processors/manufacturers to update and upgrade their food safety systems. GMP/HACCP will be a large part of the coming FSMA regulations.
(PRWEB) January 18, 2013
The FDA recently released two long awaited proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which will affect most food producers/manufacturers in North America. The proposed regulations span 1,286 pages and will impact companies that have never had to comply with governmental food safety regulations. While the regulations are not finalized and are open to public and industry comments until May of 2013, the final regulations will most likely look very similar to the proposed regulations.
Two components of the proposed rules include Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP). SGS will provide a virtual training class beginning February 1st with the follow up class February 8th that will guide food processors and manufacturers through the comprehensive steps that are required in implementing a HACCP system. Course participants will receive copies of presentation slides, a course manual, copies of forms/plans and a Certificate upon completing the course successfully. Additionally, this course is recognized by the International HACCP Alliance.
This two day training class can be attended via the Internet and only requires an Internet connection and current PC or OS based computers. The attendees will interact with the instructor and other participants via a live video feed during this innovative, new course. The virtual format allows attendees to lean the critical steps needed to implement HACCP/GMP for food companies from the comfort of their home or office. HACCP/GMP is the foundation for the proposed FSMA regulations. To register for the class or to learn more, visit http://www.sgsgroup.us.com/en/Local/USA/Training/2013/02/GMP-and-HACCP-Implementation-Virtual-Training-February-1.aspx.
Additional upcoming public food safety training courses include:
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety and the FSSC/ISO 22000 Implementation courses will also be offered virtually.
SGS’s food safety training courses are led by experienced instructors and have been endorsed by SQFI (SGS’s Implementing SQF Systems course meets the SQFI Requirement for SQF Practitioner), FSSC22000 (SGS is an approved training provider, IRCA Certification #A17304), and the International HACCP Alliance has recognized SGS’s HACCP Principles series. Additionally, the BC Food Processors Association has endorsed SGS’s food safety training series.
Training and continuous improvement is embedded in GFSI standard requirements. SGS offers training for the food safety standards including GMP/HACCP, BRC, SQF and FSSC 22000. These courses range from introductory to implementation to in-depth internal and lead auditor courses. In addition to public and customized in-house sessions, SGS has greatly expanded its E-Learning portfolio and is debuting virtual classroom sessions that eliminate the need for costly travel. In addition to food safety training, SGS also offers Lean Six Sigma Green, Yellow and Black Belt virtual classroom training through Dartmouth University and Food Processing Management courses through Nebraska University. SGS also offers training on Quality, Environmental, Energy Management, Supply Chain, Occupational Health & Safety along with industry sector specific training for the automotive and aerospace industries.
SGS classes are lead by dynamic subject matter experts with industry experience. They are auditors with an average of 23 years experience in their field. Training speeds up the initial certification process, saves companies money and provides ongoing improvements to food company’s products and processes. SGS Training courses currently have attained a 98.8% attendee satisfaction rating.
For the full listing of training courses offered through SGS in North America, visit http://www.sgsgroup.us.com/en/Our-Company/Training-Schedule.aspx.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS North America is headquartered in Rutherford, New Jersey. The Canadian headquarters is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
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