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industry links: FDA, GFSI, Foreign Regulatory Bodies + More

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

There is a wealth of information available online for our industry, though finding quickly what you're looking for is not always an easy task! The TAG team has formulated this quick hit list of essential food industry links for quick reference.

Of course if you have any questions or need assistance in navigating the regulatory and GFSI landscape, please do not hesitate to contact us.

FDA: United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website is comprehensive - yet can be quite cumbersome sometimes to find what you're looking for! Well-versed with the FDA and its website, here's a quick hit list of essential FDA links. We have also provided other key industry links around subject areas.

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

FDA Food Code

FDA Frequently Asked Questions

FDA’s Food Contact Notification Program

FDA Warning Letters

FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts

HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points)

Retail & Food Service HACCP


Seafood HACCP

Guidance for Commercial Processors of Acidified & Low-Acid Canned Foods (LACF)

Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance

Manufacture and Distribution of Infant Formula Regulations and Information

Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) for Dietary Supplements

Food Labeling Code of Federal Regulations

Animal feed medicated Feed cGMPs


Nanotechnology Fact Sheet

Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)

Food Additives & Ingredients

Food Allergens

Reportable Food Registry for Industry

FDA The Food Defect Action Levels Levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods that present no health hazards for humans Defect Levels Handbook

The Bad Bug Book (Second Edition) Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins Handbook

Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM)

USDA: The United States Department of Agriculture also has a wealth of information, below links for easy reference along with related agency and association links:

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book

Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection

FSIS Salmonella Action Plan

Microbiological Testing Program for Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC)

USDA Quarterly Enforcement Reports

USDA Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG)

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System for Enteric Bacteria (NARMS)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Seafood Inspection Program

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


The United States Federal Trade Commission

Enforcement Policy Statement on Food Advertising

Foreign Governments: TAG has supplied key links for government food regulatory bodies and related agencies outside the United States. TAG is is well-versed with the evolving global regulatory landscape and works with clients world-wide on navigating regulations country by country. Contact us if we can be of assistance!

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Codex Alimentarius

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH)

Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF)

Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA)

GFSI Standards: TAG has supplied key links for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and its associated standards. TAG regularly works with GFSI in helping assess current standards. We also work with clients to help them define gaps to ensure ensure GFSI compliance. Contact us if we can be of assistance!

The GFSI Guidance Document

Primus GFS Standard

IFS PACsecure

Global Aquaculture Alliance Seafood BAP Processing Standard

Global G.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Scheme and Produce Safety Standard

Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS)

FSSC 22000

Safe Quality Food (SQF)

Canada GAP

IFS Food Standard

BRC Global Standard

SQF Allergen Guidance

About The Acheson Group (TAG)

Led by Former FDA Associate Commissioner for Foods Dr. David Acheson, TAG is a food safety consulting group that provides guidance and expertise worldwide for companies throughout the food supply chain. With in-depth industry knowledge combined with real-world experience, TAG's team of food safety experts help companies more effectively mitigate risk, improve operational efficiencies, and ensure regulatory and standards compliance. www.AchesonGroup.com



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