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Dec. 1 Food Safety Webinar: Foreign Supplier Verification Gets Real

November 3, 2015 - Kestrel Food Safety

Now that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules are finally out, food companies need to put their plans for compliance into action. This is particularly true for those who are buying from food brokers. Foreign Supplier Verification (FSV) is a major part of FSMA that adds new requirements and responsibilities for importers, large and small.

If you don’t have a plan, don’t panic. This webinar will outline what the rules require and what steps you should be taking now to put together a program that will stand up to FDA scrutiny. This session will also discuss the elements of an effective FSV system (automated or manual) and show some examples of how it works in practice.

Food Supplier Verification (FSV) Gets Real
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. CDT
Cost: FREE!

What You’ll Learn

This webinar will explain:

  • When your company will be subject to the new rules
  • What data you will need about your foreign suppliers (brokers, distributors, and producers) to make the FDA happy
  • What resources are available to collect the data you need
  • How to report to the FDA
  • What methods can be used to keep FSV data up-to-date into the future (an ongoing requirement)
  • What questions you should ask about any system that you develop or purchase to manage your data

Who Should Attend

  • Directors of Quality and Food Safety
  • Managers of Supply Chain, Quality, and Compliance
  • Any individual responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of food ingredients and finished products

About Our Speakers

Bill BremerBill Bremer, Principal, Kestrel Management – Bill Bremer heads Kestrel’s food safety consulting group. He has led compliance and assurance activities to help many food/packaging industry companies meet FDA/FSMA, GFSI (i.e., BRC, IFS, FSSC22000, SQF), HACCP, EHS, and overall operations management requirements. Bill has been involved as a GFSI standard stakeholder and delegate on Technical Working Groups from 2012-2015, working with GFSI schemes and standards. He has conducted a number of food safety workshops for clients and a variety of industry organizations and is the founder of the Chicago-area Food Safety Professional Group.

Bill_AlrichBill Alrich, Sales Executive, EMNS – Bill Alrich is a veteran of the software industry with a history of success in senior positions at large and small firms. For the past 15 years, he has focused on supply chain operations for manufacturers and distributors. He has worked with a diverse group of companies to develop and implement solutions to their challenges in logistics, fulfillment, quality, and product lifecycle management.


Dana MarksDana Marks, Senior Consultant, Kestrel ManagementDana has worked in the food packaging/contact materials industry for over 35 years. In the past five years at Kestrel, He has focused exclusively on food safety management, particularly in the food safe packaging markets. He has expertise in document management, internal audit, root cause analysis, HACCP, GMPs, and food safety certification processes.


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Kestrel_EMNSEMNS began in 1986 within AT&T Network Services. In 1995, EMNS developed Global Supplier Quality Assurance (GSQA®) to replace a mainframe based information system. GSQA® has been used by leading food companies for over 15 years to manage suppliers and their critical data to ensure ingredient quality and safety and reduce risks and costs. GSQA® is completely web-based and available as a monthly subscription.  Suppliers (brokers, distributors and producers) can access the service with any major browser and easily provide the data and documents needed for compliance, traceability and quality assurance.

Submitted by: Bill Bremer

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