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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Membership Benefit Package - 2016

SSQA Implementation Manual 

You still qualify for this membership offer until January 31, 2016 if you requested membership  before the offer deadline but received your registration confirmation after the deadline.

Special 2016 Membership Benefit offer until December 31, 2015.
The full manual is now available to any GCSE-FHP member without enrollment requirements for only $30 CAD To qualify, orders must be placed before or by December 31, 2015, 12:00 midnight (EST) 

This year we have also added the "One Good Turn" Opportunities
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The Summarized version is still available to members of GCSE-Food & Health Protection main Coalition or LinkedIn group for only $18 CAD. 

If you are a member of the LinkedIn group or a registered member of the international Coalition, you may proceed to order your copy of the summarized version. If you are not already a member of either group, you may register for free as a full Coalition member or join the LinkedIn group. 

To order your Member's summarized copy, please go to the Member's Summary Order 

The Special New Year offer option may be selected from the drop down menu here: Main Manual Order

Non-members and members who wish to know more about how to order the full manual or enroll in the program may go to Enrollment Information
If you have other questions, please contact the GCSE-Food & Health Protection Team directly via email:

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Winning Back Lost Territories in the Food Safety Assurance War

Action is Needed: 

Our Food & Health are too big to fail:

Our territories are becoming overrun by strange appetites. Many industry generals are hypnotized and drawn by deadly attractions into loathsome and toxic patterns of behaviour. Confusion is ravaging the camps. Deceived by rogue experts, many lieutenants and their battalions are falling victims in droves to intentional and unintentional schemes of seemingly elusive enemies of civilization. With so many in the elite force pre-occupied with spurious engagements, the food industry will continue to suffer epic setbacks.

We must take back our territories. We must liberate our land from the grip of anti-civilization behaviour.

This charge is senseless only where the conscience is already dead. Sadly but prudently, we must leave those who have fallen with their dead conscience behind in our onward march to take back our land and . . . we shall not rest until we are victorious.

The war analogies & depictions may frighten some but it is more frightening for us to do nothing.

Jon Us!

No one is of less importance in this fight and no action is too small. If you tell only one other person about it, you would have beaten the complacency enemy and gained a soldier. Just think about the significant gain if you told two or more - Invite, incite and ignite the passion

Food-borne Illness Prevention, Politics, Profitability and Reliability

I am pleased to read some posts and comments from different people inside and outside the food industry. This is giving me some hope. The expressed wisdom in these posts needs to start driving industry and regulatory policies.
The rough ride is not caused by the vehicles but by the terrain. 

The prevention of food-borne outbreaks is preached but the methods widely adopted by industry "solution" providers and regulators are terribly flawed and unreliable. I have made it my mission to expose the flaws. Even the U.S. proposed Food Safety Modernization Act with emphasis on Hazard Analysis and Risk-based “Preventive” Controls has failed right from the starting blocks. I started to point this out in 2013 citing the reasons why I know it has failed in my predictions - 
Many of the reasons that I gave are not addressed in the final rules and the intended enforcement plans. The Canadian version – Safe Food for Canadian Act (SFCA-SFCRs) with the proposed “Preventive” Controls” appears to be stock to the starting blocks.

On the part of industry solution providers, the sale of food safety programs and assessment schemes aimed at preventing food recalls and outbreaks of food-borne illness has grown into a very lucrative business. The profitability of this business is seen by some as the reason to believe that the resulting effect is food safety reliability for consumers. Some are religiously believing this fable while the storm of recalls and reported cases of outbreaks remain unabated. The storm is actually intensifying in some instances. A somewhat half-baked argument is often presented to explain this shameful reality. It is argued that the number of reported cases is increasing because “we are now better able to detect” them as if to say detection equals "prevention". Detection should actually lead to prevention but the right strategies governed by the right motives must be adopted. The industry needs to remember that:

Food poisoning outbreaks are not caused by the poisoning agents but by people not properly and consistently controlling these agents

Food poisoning agents may be detected from here to eternity, without people committing to exerting proper controls consistently, the war will continue to be lost. With a proper understanding of the facts and realities, the industry needs to be mobilized to achieve better results. 

We have the knowledge and the provisions. We only need the right motivation which is our personal safety as consumers. I would ordinarily think that, collectively, we also already have that motivation but the displayed attitudes are disappointing to say the least. Can we do any better? Are there better strategies to adopt than we already have? The intention is to provide some answers to these questions through the GCSE-FHP blog posts and similar commentaries elsewhere. Join the Conversation! 
Posted by Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection, and a sworn SSQA advocate. 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

When Illness is the only proof required:

Tuna Loins Salmonella Outbreak: September 27, 2017, 30 cases had been reported across seven states.
Marler Clark Files First Lawsuit in Tuna LoinsSalmonella Outbreak - Food Poison Journal

If facing a food-borne illness lawsuit, never present your third party compliance report or audit certificate to the prosecuting lawyer in an attempt to defend your position. It will be torn to shreds. The notion that due diligence is demonstrated through third party auditing is retaining its fickle validity only in tenuous business relationships. Due diligence attributed to third party audits is a widespread myth that will be recognized as such. If not already, it will.

Can the flames get too close to home pretty quickly for any food business? 

A statement posted on the website, under the heading “Food Poisoning Law”, states that in a number of U.S States:

“. . . you do not need to prove that the manufacturer or supplier of a contaminated food product was not sufficiently careful in making or distributing that product—which is to your advantage. You just have to show that the food product you ate was contaminated and that the contamination was the cause of your illness.

There is no reason to believe that this is not the case given so many examples in the news:

What should you and your company actually be doing? On what should you be placing your trust? Who is actually going to keep your company from the kind of fate that has become of so many known examples

As demonstrated in the news, for a food business to merely comply but neglect the actual fortification of its food operations is risky. I invite you to investigate the SSQA Concept before your food business digs itself into a fake compliance hole that has trapped and punished so many other businesses.

Posted By Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is the current Food Sector Chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection