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Friday, 9 March 2018

The X Question

Are you able to correctly answer this “X” question with respect to food safety and quality management?

X provides no assurances about the consistent safety and quality of food products. Those who demand X are largely unaffected by the frustrations X creates. However, those who must meet the demands for X are constantly frustrated. Even where the subscribing parties who must meet the demands initially embrace the idea of having X with enthusiasm, they soon become frustrated with at least one among many repeating but redundant requirements imposed because of X.

Those who sell X, like those who simply demand X, are unaffected by the frustrations. The top bosses where X is demanded who are not directly involved in the hard work to maintain X also do not care how much redundant work is involved.

The X sellers make a lot of money from the annual sales of X but those who merely demand X actually and unknowingly suffer significant financial and product quality losses. The demanding parties and top bosses seldom pause to take stock of how well or poorly X is doing. They simply believe the sellers’ promotions and distracting statistics.

Some, if not all, of the field workers sent out to check the various subscribers for the level of conformance to X, may at times be frustrated or stressed but they are happy to engage in the conformance checking duties because they get paid. Essentially, these field workers are paid, sometimes quite well, by the very parties who are subjected to the cost burden and other frustrations of maintaining X.

What is X?
Posted by Felix Amiri

Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection, and a sworn SSQA advocate. 

Friday, 22 December 2017

The Long Awaited Release

Updated December 22, 2017

No more pre-registration and waiting to obtain a copy.

GCSE- Food & Health Protection is pleased to announce the official release of the SSQA Implementation Manual first edition following the completion of the technical review. You are now able to obtain either a single copy or enroll to have access to the online copy and updates.

Join the Strategic Integration Squad (SSQA-D)

For details about how to obtain a copy of the SSQA Implementation Manual or enroll in the program, please go to: SSQA Program Enrolment.
If you have questions about the manual or the enrolment program, you may contact the SSQA Development Team directly at:

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Spreading the SSQA Dawn in 2018

AFISServices Workshops Toronto Event, April 30 - May 2, 2018

Happy Holidays Offer (with all other discount offers remaining in effect): Register before January 5, 2018 to receive a free copy of the current 101-page searchable PDF copy of the SSQA Implementation Manual. Your Registration will be automatically time-stamped but you may also keep a record of your registration date as proof. Take a look at the Full table of Content

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Is it always okay if you are not sick within a few days after eating contaminated food?

According to WHO:
The great majority of people will experience a foodborne disease at some point in their lives. This highlights the importance of making sure the food we eat is not contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins and chemicals.
Food can become contaminated at any point during production, distribution and preparation. Everyone along the production chain, from producer to consumer, has a role to play to ensure the food we eat does not cause diseases.
 Contaminated Food

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Temperature of Food Safety Management

From the posted comments under the poll to take the “. . . temperature of Food Safety Management” in my LinkedIn update post, the concerns listed below emerged. Although the list is sad to see, it is encouraging to know that the SSQA concept already suggests a reasonable solution for every one the listed concerns. Since many of my posts in this blog drew inspiration from SSQA principles, I have prepared a simple table to show the identified concern and the post addressing it. In many of the posts, I attempted to do what the SSQA Implementation Manual does better. It identifies the issue and suggests a practical solution strategy.
Clearly, with so much else keeping us busy, it may not be possible to read all of the associated posts in one sitting. The list will remain posted. You may bookmark it and return to read more:
Listed Concern
Related Blog Post 

Distracting & ineffective generic training

Profit-driven 3rd-party audits and certification

Lack of commitment

Emerging hazards

Poor program implementation

Superficial compliance

Food fraud (Deliberate poor practices)

Quackery or Charlatan Consultants

Lack of culture of compliance

On the contrary:

Lack of commitment through the chain of custody

Lack of concern towards health of consumer

Lack of consumer awareness

Same as above

Lack of regulatory knowledge

Political interference

Poor Regulatory Enforcement

Lack of food safety culture

Paper-work burden

 Posted by Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection, and a sworn SSQA advocate.