Taking on the FSMA Beast?

Ready to venture out now that spring is (hopefully) just around the corner?  Join us in March for our first 2018 Cherney College course, Preventive Controls for Animal Food. This course is the FDA-recognized training for pet food and animal feed companies that will comply with new FSMA regulations this year. We have been actively involved in FSMA training since 2016, training over 125 Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals or PCQIs. In our experience, FSMA for human food is a matter of tweaking and adjusting programs that are already in place. The experience for those in the animal food industry is a whole other beast (see what I did there?). For years, regulation at the state and federal level covered medicated feed, labeling and adulteration but now the industry will have to create programs to comply with current Good Manufacturing Programs (CGMPs) AND preventive controls. This is a lot to tackle in a short time!

5 Steps to Ensuring Accurate Proficiency Testing (PT) Results

Does your company perform internal testing on your products? Do you know if they are accurate – meaning, are you confident that they are correct?  Are all of your technician’s performing testing the same way?  Are they following written documented procedures or performing the techniques because “that is how they were trained?”  If you have answered yes (or no) to any of these questions, you should consider participating in a proficiency testing (PT) program.  Whether the program itself is new or old to you, these 5 steps can help ensure you achieve accurate testing results.

Are You FOCUSED Enough to Making 2017 Your Best Year Yet?

FOCUS. A simple word and concept, right? Although an easy idea, I find staying in a state of focus to be quite difficult. With demands of the modern workplace like multi-tasking, wearing many hats and shifting priorities, focus is vital to making progress and ultimately meeting objectives. One of Cherney’s strategic objectives for 2017 is to provide more technical training opportunities to our team, which supports the bigger goal of increasing employee engagement.  Yesterday, in between preparing for our 2017 public training courses, we mapped out topics and a schedule to make that happen. Of course this is just a start, but the plan sets the stage for all the steps to follow.