Specialty Food Magazine

Summer 2019

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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article bug 127 specialty food maker Conclusion In our increasingly complex world, the intentional adulteration of our food supply could happen, causing widescale sickness and panic. Plus, it could impact the public's confidence in the food system. As specialty foods become an increasingly significant part of the food world, all in the industry should comply with this final rule of FSMA, to make the world a safe place for specialty food. which meet the regulation's training requirements. The Food Defense Awareness Program is required of all frontline food workers and supervisors of frontline food workers. It is an online course that takes about 30 minutes to complete and is free. FSPCA also offers a course entitled Overview of the IA Rule, which will inform employees of the regulation but is not required. An in-person training program launched this spring for those interested in in-depth training. As mentioned previously, the food defense plan must be over- seen by a food defense qualified individual. Their responsibilities include: • Preparation of the Food Defense Plan • Conducting the Vulnerability Assessment • Identifying and explaining the Mitigation Strategies, and • Performing the reanalysis FDA has put together an online tool called the Food Defense Plan Builder. Version 1 was introduced in 2013 and has had more than 56,000 downloads. Version 2 was tested in April 2019 and will soon be introduced. Specialty Food Association members represent the incredible diversity and creativity of one of the world's largest food markets. Membership is open to buyers, producers, distributors, brokers, and affiliates of the specialty food trade. Benefits include: • Exclusive Member-only benefits at the Fancy Food Shows • For Buyers - Complimentary LevelUP Show pass, lounge, and other amenities • Matchmaking for buyers and producers • SFA Product Marketplace - where producers display and buyers source specialty foods online • Discounts on research, events, and more • Critical regulatory updates • Free press releases and PR support QUESTIONS? Contact membership@specialtyfood.com • 646.878.0301 THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP Learn, Connect, Succeed Ron Tanner is vice president, philanthropy, government, and industry relations for the Specialty Food Association. FALL 2017 127 SUMMER 2019 specialty food maker

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