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The 5th Incarnation: Proposed Changes to ISO 9001

The 5th Incarnation: Proposed Changes to ISO 9001

Konyika Nealy, Vice President of Quality Assurance & Validation, Pilgrim Quality Solutions 

Are radical changes coming? Is this fifth incarnation of ISO 9001 a drastic departure from its predecessor? Will it reshape the world of manufacturing as we know it? Word around the water cooler is “No.” (more…)

Nanotechnology and the FDA

Nanotechnology and the FDA

Mark Crawford

In June 2011 the FDA issued draft guidance for industry entitled “Considering Whether an FDA-Regulated Product Involves the Application of Nanotechnology.” Building on the recommendations within that document, the agency released two new nanotechnology-related guidances in April: (more…)

Quality and Safety Systems Need to Break Out of their Shells

The Senate reconvened this month with a very important bill on its plate – the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510). With the recall of more than 550 million eggs and over 1,500 people sickened from salmonella fresh on their minds, this bill couldn’t be served up at a better time. Many of the backers of this bill feel strongly that this could have prevented or at least minimized the outbreak, and are hopeful that it will “solve” all potential future outbreaks. However, the 483 violations found at the two facilities were mostly facility-focused and clear violations of the Salmonella Prevention Plan. While the FDA has focused on the state of the facility’s environment, where is the focus on the quality and safety systems that are supposed to be in place at the company to prevent it from becoming a national crisis? As food safety issues continue to grow, regardless of whether S.510 is passed or not, manufacturers need to take control of their quality and safety issues in-house to prevent such disasters.  (more…)