Who are we?

A group of dedicated people providing support to the food and beverage processing and manufacturing industry. We have “hands-on experience” that allows us to understand the hazards and the risks associated with your processes and pre-requisite programs and, identify, develop and implement procedures to control them effectively. We are consulting, training and auditing processing and manufacturing facilities around the world since 1992. Check the Testimonials and see why so many companies trust on our services.

We are now ready to teach the NEW Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls for Human Food class following the standardized curriculum approved by the FDA and developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). Contact us today to schedule your in-house training!

We currently have the ability to train people on the following new FSMA rules:

  • Preventive Controls for Human Food
  • Preventive Controls for Animal Food
  • Produce Safety rule (Grower Training) - Waiting for approval
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
  • Also, many other trainings as described in the "Training" menu.

 

Recent Testimonials

"LGS Specialty Sales, Ltd. values our relationship with Jose Sabal and Sabal Food Safety Consulting.   We can't imagine navigating the challenging landscape of Food Safety without him.  On behalf of all of us at LGS Specialty Sales, Ltd we want to congratulate Jose on the past nine years of very hard work and wish him even greater success in the coming years." John Conrad / LGS Specialty Sales / New York / October 2017

"Ante todo felicitarte por el curso impartido. Pocas son las ocasiones que asisto a un curso y me encuentro con un ponente con la preparación y la conexión con los alumnos que tienes tu; realmente es admirable y es un gusto estar en tus clases porque aprovechas el 100% del tiempo." Ana Vázquez / Vigo, Spain / March 16th, 2017

"I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the training with Jose went very well.  It was very informative and thorough.  We will definitely recommend him as a trainer if the other Huhtamaki sites have the need for this type of training." / Misty Medlin / Huhtamaki / March 6th, 2017

"First and foremost, I wanted to convey what a great job Jose Sabal did teaching and presenting to our class, and what great benefits his teachings will present for us in the future. Second, I am wanting to set up a Preventive Controls class as soon as possible and wanted to request Jose Sabal for presenter/teacher. We want to have him out again to our facility so we can continue educating ourselves to the principles, policies, and procedures of SQF" / Michael Keneda / PYCO Industries / March 2nd, 2017

"Antes de nada quería alabar tu manera de trabajar. Ha sido uno de los mejores cursos a los que he asistido a lo largo de mi carrera. A pesar de llevar trabajando un año en una empresa de alimentación (Marín Giménez) todavía no había recibido una formación APPCC tan completa como la que has impartido esta semana. Tu manera de explicar las cosas es muy didáctica y me ha hecho muy fácil tener una idea general de lo que es un sistema de control de peligros y qué pasos hay que dar para tenerlos adecuadamente controlados y registrados. Ha sido realmente útil." / Andres Fernandez / Public Preventive Controls for Human Food class in Murcia, Spain / February 10th, 2017

"Jose - I thought you did a wonderful job and I have told others to take your class rather than wasting time with an advanced HACCP course." / Kathy Balcom / Icicle Seafood / PCQI class in Seattle, WA / October 17-19, 2016

"I attended the Preventive Controls for Human Food course in October, 2016 which was taught by Jose Sabal. Jose is an excellent instructor and I highly recommend him. His method of teaching is such that the class participants become engaged and more than once we did not realize that we had gone past a scheduled break." / Kathy Balcom / Icicle Seafood / PCQI class in Seattle, WA / October 17-19, 2016

"You taught a great class this week. You teaching style and personality allowed me to be immersed into this course. For a professional that is new to the Food industry, thank you very much for your time!!!" Justin Martin / PCQI class in Atlanta, GA / October 6th, 2016.

"Jose’ is my instructor this week for the Preventive Controls for Human Food. He is an awesome instructor and is very knowledgeable of the food industry." "Again I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your class last week. It's a lot to take in but you made it very enjoyable." Maggie Smith / Viand Group / May 17th to 19th, 2016.

"I wanted to thank you for a great HACCP training class.  Your practical approach of explaining the reasons behind the HACCP principles is very innovative and refreshing. I appreciated the time you took to explain the connection between a HACCP plan and the government regulations and available supporting resources." Laurel S / IHA HACCP class / May 24th and 25th, 2016.

 

Recent News

August 7th, 2017

Seafood HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Guidance for Industry

FSMA recognizes that FDA has previously established a preventive control type regulation for fish and fishery products (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) part 123, the seafood HACCP regulation) based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) concept.

Low-Acid Foods Packaged in Hermetically Sealed Containers (LACF) Regulation and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Guidance for Industry

FSMA recognizes that FDA has previously established a regulation that addresses biological hazards unique to low-acid foods packaged in hermetically sealed containers (i.e., “low-acid canned foods,” hereinafter referred to as LACF) 2 (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) part 113). Importantly, several of the regulations that FDA has issued under FSMA provide exemptions that are related to the LACF requirements in part 113. This guidance addresses those exemptions,3 and also provides information about the LACF regulation in part 113 in connection with the following FSMA regulations:

  • 21 CFR part 117, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk- Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (the CGMP & PC Regulation)
  • 21 CFR 1, subpart L, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (the FSVP Regulation)
  • 21 CFR 112 ,Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (the PS Regulation)
  • 21 CFR part 121, Mitigation Strategies To Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (the IA Regulation)
  • 21 CFR 1, subpart O, Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (the ST Regulation)

Juice HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Guidance for Industry

FSMA recognizes that FDA has previously established preventive control type regulations for juice (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) part 120, the Juice HACCP regulation) based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) concept. The juice HACCP regulation requires juice processors to identify food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur with the products they process2 and to develop plans for the control of those hazards. In addition, the juice HACCP regulation requires importers of certain juice products to comply with requirements designed to help ensure that these imported products are processed in accordance with the juice HACCP regulation.

May 1st, 2017

Release of the "Food Safety On-Demand" consulting service.  NEW! Search for more information in the "Consulting" link.

March 20th, 2017

FSMA - FDA Considering Simplifying Agricultural Water Standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exploring ways to simplify the microbial quality and testing requirements for agricultural water established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) produce safety rule while still protecting public health.

February 28th, 2017

GFSI Releases New Edition of Benchmarking Requirements. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) today announced the publication of its highly-anticipated 7th version of the industry-acclaimed GFSI Benchmarking Requirements, previously known as the GFSI Guidance Document.

GFSI Benchmarking Requirements / Guidance Document. This multi-stakeholder document provides guidance on food safety requirements and management. It is science-based and aligned with the CODEX internationally-recognised food safety standards. The document underpins GFSI’s benchmarking process, which promotes harmonisation by establishing equivalency between food safety management schemes. The new edition adopts a fresh modular approach designed to better meet the needs of schemes applying for benchmarking.

February 27th, 2017

Third-Party Audits and FSMA

  • Accredited Third-Party Certification Rule
  • Supplier Verification in the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and Preventive Controls (PC) Rules
  • Potential for Leveraging Audits in Produce Rule Compliance Strategies

The FDA released an update on each of the three topics above. Looks like the "On-Site" audits will also apply to the Produce rule.

November 2016

Voluntary Qualified Importer Program: Guidance for Industry

This guidance document describes FDA’s policy regarding participation in FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) by importers of food for humans or animals.

October 16th, 2016

What to Expect Now that the First Big FSMA Compliance Dates Are Here

August 24th, 2016

FSMA - Draft Guidance for Industry: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food

FSMA - Extension and Clarification of Compliance Dates for Certain Provisions of Four Implementing Rules

The FDA published this provision with clarifications and extensions of some of the compliance dates described below.

FSMA - Clarification of compliance dates on four of the seven rules - Federal Register notification

May 27th, 2016

FSMA rule # 7: The "Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration" has been finalized and published in the Federal Register, Volume 81, number 34165 (81FR 34165) / 21 CFR 121.

Compliance dates: (Exemptions are described in 21 CFR 121.5)

  • Very Small Businesses (A business (including any subsidiaries and affiliates) averaging less than $10,000,000, adjusted for inflation, per year, during the three-year period preceding the applicable calendar year in sales of human food plus the market value of human food manufactured, processed, packed, or held without sale):  May 2021.
  • Small Businesses (A business employing fewer than 500 persons): May 2020
  • Other Businesses (A business that is not small or very small and does not qualify for exemptions): May 2019

April 6th, 2016

FSMA rule # 6: The "Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food" has been finalized and published in the Federal Register, Volume 81, number 20091 (81 FR 20091) / 21 CFR 1, Subpart O.

Compliance dates:

  • Small business (businesses other than motor carriers who are not also shippers and/or receivers employing fewer than 500 persons and motor carriers having less than $27.5 million in annual receipts): April 2018.
  • Other businesses (a business that is not small and is not otherwise excluded from coverage): April 2017

November 27th, 2015

FSMA rule # 3: The "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 228 (80 FR 74547) / 21 CFR 112.

Compliance dates for covered activities, except for sprouts or exempted facilities (See "Extension and Clarification of Compliance" under August 24th update above):

  • Very small businesses (Average annual sales in the previous three years between $25,000 and $250,000): November 2019
  • Small businesses (Average annual sales in the previous three years between $250,000 and $500,000): November 2018
  • Other (Sales of more than $500,000): November 2017

FSMA rule # 4: The "Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals: Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 228 (80 FR 74340) / 21 CFR 1, Subpart L.

Compliance date is the lates of the following:

  • 18 months after publication of the final rule: June 2017
  • For the importation of food from a supplier that is subject to the preventive controls or produce safety rules, six months after the foreign supplier is required to meet the relevant regulations.
  • For an importer that is itself a manufacturer or processor subject to the supply-chain program provisions in the preventive controls regulations, the date by which it has to comply with those provisions.

FSMA rule # 5: The "Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications: Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 228 (80 FR 74650) / 21 CFR 1, Subpart M.

Compliance dates

  • FDA intends to implement this program as soon as possible after publication of the final Model Accreditation Standards guidance, and the final user fee rule, both of which will be published separately.
  • Accreditation bodies could begin to apply for recognition when the program goes into effect, and third-party certification bodies could seek accreditation after one or more FDA-recognized accreditation bodies begin accepting applications.

September 17th, 2015

FSMA rule # 1: The "Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food; Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 180 (80 FR 55907) / 21 CFR 117.

Compliance dates:

  • Companies with more than 500 employees: September 19th, 2016
  • Companies less than 500 employees (Small companies): September 19th, 2017
  • Companies with less than $1 million/year (Very small companies): September 19th, 2018.

FSMA rule # 2: The "Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Animal Food; Final Rule" was published in the Federal Register, Volume 80, Number 180 (80 FR 56169) / 21 CFR 507.

Compliance dates for the implementation of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices as follows:

  • Companies with more than 500 employees: September of 2016.
  • Companies with less than 500 employees (Small business): September of 2017.
  • Companies with sales of less than $2.5 million/year (average in the last three years): September 2018.

Compliance with the Preventive Controls as follows:

  • Companies with more than 500 employees: September of 2017.
  • Companies with less than 500 employees (Small business): September of 2018.
  • Companies with sales of less than $2.5 million/year (average in the last three years): September 2019.

Want more FSMA information?, go to the FSMA Rules & Guidance for Industry

 

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Last updated: November 10th, 2017
 

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