There has been a lot of talk, hype and hand-wringing over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) validation data. The ultimate question about validation: Is it a big deal?
That is the question I got from a new client the other day. This is a new facility with a new management team, but lots of experts. As a team they have expertise in Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) auditing under BRC, SQF, ISO 22,000, some of the best production people in the business, multiple food-safety consultants that specialize in one area or another, etc., and yet no one really seemed comfortable discussing validation.