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Food Systems transformation based on a new economic system

Read the following summary article based on a global policy report by The Food Systems Economics Commission about how to transform food systems.

ISO methodology hazards and risk analysis

The analysis was prepared by the HACCP team. External support and expertise was provided by QAssurance B.V.
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Food (Safety) Trends 2024

Read this article on the latest and expected in the food industry and food safety in 2024, based on reports by the EIT, World Bank Group, etc.
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The Food Systems Countdown 2023

Read this summary article on the state of food systems worldwide in 2023, based on the report "The Food Systems Countdown”.

Early warning food safety AI tools

Read the summary article based on the recently published report by FAO “Early warning tools and systems for emerging issues in food safety”.
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On the European Food Chain

Read this summary article based on the report "Key figures on the European Food Chain" to gain insight on the European food chain.

Reimagining economic growth in Africa  

Read the following summary article based on the report from the “McKinsey Global Institute” on how to boost economic growth in Africa.

Food chain: Working with Smallholders

Read this summary based on "Working with smallholders", an handbook for firms building sustainable supply chains released by the IFC.

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Having and procedures in place is important for food . Find here the personalized signs available in different languages.
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Risks in the EU food supply chain

Read this summary article based on the analysis "Risks and vulnerabilities in the EU food supply chain" by the European Commission
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Food Traceability: A Digital Revolution

Read the article about how digital technologies can improve traceability in food systems based on reports from WHO, EIT and The World Economic Forum.
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The challenge of plant-based foods

Read the following article providing insights on the increasing trend of plant-based products and the safety challenges they could pose.

Impact of disasters on food security

Read a summary on the FAO report on how disasters can impact agriculture and food security and what actions should be taken to prevent that
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The importance of food safety culture

Read the article about the importance of food safety culture and how to boost it within companies based on guidance by the FDA and the .

The New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Read about how and Industry 4.0 will change the way we approach food safety, based on a summary from FDA and SSAFE reports.

Food security assessment 2023-2033

Read here the summary of the USDA report on the assessment on food security in low and middle income countries for 2023-2033.

Customer trends and new food sources

Read here a summary on customer trends and new food sources. Further, this article presents how these trends can impact food safety.

Developing sustainable and resilient agrifood value chains in conflict-affected contexts by FAO

Read here the summary of the FAO article on developing sustainable and resilient agrifood value chains in -prone and conflict-affected contexts.

Unleashing the power of finance for sustainable food systems

Read here the summary of the World Economic Forum article on Green Returns: Unleashing the Power of Finance for Sustainable Food Systems.

iMIS e-learning Food Safety in Tanzania at iLearn Centre

Read here about our new project on boosting food safety in emerging countries. iLearn Centre in Tanzania will give the iMIS e- food safety course.

Food Legislation and Fraud Fact Sheets 2022 by product group

Find here information on food legislation and cases of food fraud in 2022. The data is organized by product group and is sourced from the European Commission.

The interplay between Food Safety and Food Security

This page talks about the interplay between Food Safety and Food Security. The connection between these concepts is demonstrated throughout the presentation.

The Future of sustainable protein in Asia-Pacific

Read here a summary of the article by the World Economic Forum on the future of sustainable protein in the APAC region. Three experts share their views.
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Information sheet 64 English Translation

This is a English translation of information sheet 64 of the NVWA. As this is a translation it is not a legally binding document.

Traceability in the Global Food Chain

Read here for more information about the importance of traceability, transparency, and visibility in the global food supply chain.

World Food Safety Day 2023

This page talks about the World Food safety Day and this year's theme Food Standards Save Lives. It highlightes the importance of harmonized food safety

World Food Safety Day: Saudi Arabia Jeddah

The following blog describes the history and importance of Food Safety Day. QAssurance will present at the event in Jeddah, Cees will be there as Key Speaker.

Webinar access to Global Markets BPWA

On Wednesday 17th of May the BPW-A and QAssurance organized a collaborative event about gaining access to global markets through certification.

iMIS E-Training Platform

With our iMIS E-Training platform, you will gain the tools to train yourself and your employees and improve the food safety culture.

Introducing our iMIS Food Chain

How to monitor your food safety situation at multiple locations? Keep it simple with iMIS Food Chain.

Market Matching event AGREA in the Philippines

George represented QAssurance on the March 13th at the AGREA Market Matching event to connect innovative Dutch companies with the Filipino Agro-food industry.

Food safety guide Asia and the Pacific

Read here the FAO guide to food safety in Asia and the Pacific. This article introduces the food safety toolkit on the less-known aspects of food safety.

A legal incompliance does not equal a critical

This case described whether in case of a announced audit an legal incompliance does not directly equal an a critical, in the scope of GFSI-standards.

Example: General terms and conditions of delivery

Hereby we present you an example of the General terms and conditions of delivery to set expectations for your supplier to adhere to certain .
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Non-conformities in GFSI recognized standards

The following page, describes the case of non-conformities in GFSI recognized standards, BRC, IFS, FSSC 22000.

EU Food Safety Culture scorecard for employees

The following scan based on the EU manual 2022/C 355/01. This scan is specially aimed at employees to measure the food safety culture.

The trend of freelance auditors in certification

The following page, describes the experience of working with some freelance auditors that could be potential wolfs in the food industry.

iMIS Food Platform: Connect to Comply

The following page illustrates iMIS Food. With the renewed compliance portal, standards, legislation, and fraud cases are easy to find.

Food Safety Compliance Course winter edition

In January, three groups joined the Food Safety Compliance courses. A Dutch, English and a group from Larenstein University of Applied Sciences.

iMIS Food Mobile: Comply with any mobile device

iMIS Food Mobile is now available on any mobile device. Please contact us, if you would like to know more about iMIS Food mobile and its features.
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Food Safety Compliance training Online

We go back to the basics with the food safety compliance training, the foundation to properly fulfill the complex function of QA manager, now and tomorrow.

Fighting Climate Change to alter Agri-Food Systems

Read here an of the program for the Asia-Pacific Rural and Food Security Forum by the ADB and about fighting climate change.

Made by Africa: creating value through integration

Hereby a summary of made by Africa: creating value through integration published by the ITC. Read here about attractive African value chains.

The future of food safety, a foresight report by FAO

Hereby a summary of the FAO paper on the future of food safety, a foresight report published in 2022. Read here about the drivers and trends.

Bioeconomy: transforming the agrifood systems

Hereby a summary of the sustainable and circular bioeconomy in the climate agenda and opportunities to transform agrifood systems written by the FAO.

iMIS Food Handbook is available in 4 languages

The digital iMIS Food Handbook is ready and operational in 4 languages. The available languages are Dutch, German, English and French.
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Participating at the NABC Ambassador Dinner 2022

On the 24th of November was annual Ambassador dinner. Our iMIS Export team joined and shares its experience of the yearly event.

Unannounced Audits for GFSI certification

Because of unannounced Audits a QA manager has to be available at all times. As there is a shortage of QA Manager many are depended on external support.

QAssurance overview google analytics results 2022

In this following page, top 3 are made for different topics to highlight the most viewed pages; scorecards, FAQs and more at the QAssurance in 2022.
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Workshop Food Safety and Export with Nigerian companies

On the 5th of December a delegation of Nigerian food organisations visited us to discuss food safety compliance and how to export.

Automation in agriculture to change agrifood systems by FAO

Hereby a summary of the FAO paper on The State of Food and Agriculture in 2022. Read about agricultural automation and how it helps agrifood systems.

Yongsoon Hwang: Our new Data-Scientist/ Team member

Get to know our newest talent. Yongsoon Hwang has a background in Food as well as data science, He will be working part-time next to his study.

Summary: Food Safety Culture by the GFSI

The following summarizes a report on food safety culture by the GFSI, as well as describing managerial tools to enhance Food safety culture in the organisation.

Real-time food safety system certification

To be certified, audits are mandatory with IMIS Food companies can do that themselves and assure real-time food safety compliance. Here are the benefits

The new MSME economy Post-Pandemic Drivers for Growth

The new MSME economy Post-Pandemic Drivers for Growth was written by the APEC Business Advisory Council and released in October 2022. Hereby a summary of it.
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WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety 2022-2030

Read here about the summary of WHO Global Strategy for food Safety 2022-2030 and how QAssurance can contribute to it.
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iMIS E-learning Food Safety for employees online

Several topics are covered in this E-learning module, food safety, , food defense, pest control and more.
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Progress on food and agriculture: SDG indicators by FAO

Read here a summary of the FAO report on "Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators" which proposes analysis and trends on indicators.
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Visiting Youth World Food Day 14th of October

There will be a great discussion about food at the Youth World Food Day. Food security, sustainability and awareness are essential topics every age to discuss. 
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The Food Export team goes to Rwanda

The Food Export Team traveled to Rwanda with the purpose of networking, checking the iMIS Food status at Winnaz, and attending the Poultry Africa .

Did the QA manager change into a QA issue manager?

The following article describes, the term QA manager and argues whether the qa manager is increasingly becoming a QA issue manager who solves issues all the time.

Brain drain in the Quality department

The whole global food supply chain suffers from brain drain in the QA department. QAssurance can help maintain the system even without the experts.

NLinBusiness event: NL international business day

On the 9th of september Nele and George went to the NL international business day event hosted by NLinBusiness, to learn about new markets and to network.

Visiting the Fairafric chocolate factory in Ghana

As part of the Food Export Program Nele Adade visited Fairafric, a chocolate manufacture close to Accra, to learn more about their work.

Search for innovation location partners in Germany

Together with our partner nuTIQ we bring iMIS to all German speaking countries. Therefore, we are looking for 10 innovation site partners in DE, CH and AT.

SEO project QAssurance website and top 10 pages

In the last half year, QAssurance has changed the website drastically. Next to the outline, the new design improved the overall SEO score on all pages.

iMIS Food Service & Retail: A total compliance platform

iMIS Food Service and Retail is customized to aid companies in the food service and retail industry with iMIS digital solutions for real-time compliance.

Checklist for the coming FDA food traceability rule

A stringent food traceability law will go into effect on November 7 imposed by the FDA. It will apply to the "high-risk items" linked to food-borne illnesses.

Remarks by FDA Deputy Commissioner at the IAFP

In August 2022, Frank Yiannas, the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response gave a speech at the International Association for Food Protection.

Innovation in agri-food chains Asia and the Pacific

The article examines innovation taking place along the entire food supply chain, including production, manufacturing, and retailing.

3th training with Profound GMP / HACCP in Uganda

On August 2nd, we collaborated with Profound by doing a training. The content was about HACCP and GMP. The participants were from SME food companies in Uganda.

BioFach visit 2022: International Organic Fair

In July, QAssurance employees Andrada Mierlut and Nele Adade visited the BioFach in Nürnberg for networking purposes and supporting nuTIQ at the fair.

Transdisciplinary co-creation for food safety challenges

Co-creation, knowledge sharing, and transdisciplinary partnerships will bring us forward to tackling the forthcoming problems in the FMCG industry.

Digital traceability for sustainable value chains

Companies need transparency throughout their supply chains. Traceability implies inter cooperation across the whole value chain and requires collaboration.

Enabling market potential FMCG in the Philippines

The following page shows a post of Cherry Atilano, about the signing an agreement between AGREA and QAssurance about working together.
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The food industry: A letter to the auditee

Herewith follows a letter for the party to be audited to make them more aware of the current situation of certification.

Digitalisation in Agriculture for emerging countries

Digitalisation in agriculture offers the potential to build more efficient, ecologically sustainable, and inclusive agri-food systems inline with SDGs
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An internship at QAssurance? How was it looking back?

Have look back at our past interns. What are they doing now and how did they like the experience at QAssurance and their at the company.

QAssurance at ‘Africa Works!' 28th of June 2022

On 28th June 2022, QAssurance participated in the Africa Works conference in The Hague, organized by NABC.

The Dutch get a bronze medal in FSSC suspensions

In a short period of time, many Dutch FSCC  firms were suspended. Globally, BRC and IFS, FSCC 22000 are one of the primary certification standards used.

Deming circle and Certification management

The next page discusses how to apply the, plan, do , check, act circle or the Deming circle to food certification management.

Food System Resilience within a Learning Organization

Building Food System Resilience within a Learning Organization is written in the International Association for Food protection in the summer 2022.

NABC (Netherlands-African Business Council)

The NABC, has the expertise and knowledge working in African countries, therefore we became a member to ensure we can improve our food security program.

Suddenly, suspended for FSSC22000? How can it happen?

When a food company is suspended by the certifier without reason, it has nothing to do with your company but with their mismanagement.
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iMIS Lab: Obtain the ISO 17025 within one year

Here we discuss the implementation of our newly launched product, iMIS Lab, to aid laboratories to comply with lab standards and lab legislation.

iMIS Food Online for New Ventures

Hereby, our iMIS Food Online version specialized in new business ventures. This page will summarize the components and the phases of implementation.

Guest lecture HVHL University of Applied Sciences

QAssurance went back to Larenstein for a second time, only this time George gave the lecture about food safety compliance. We made the presentation available for everyone down below.

Global Food Supply Chain : The latest trends

As the food producers, you have to deal with a range of parties, the trends in the Global Food Supply Chain elaborates.

The Global Food Safety Resource (GFSR)

GFSR is a global food safety resource provide information and training on food safety trends, regulatory compliance, industry standards, and more.

Salmonella in milk: Hazard history and records

The following page will show an overview of historical evidence about salmonella in milk, as well as a snap shot of iMIS Hazards with relevant cases.

Lecture Wageningen University: Food Safety Compliance

Associate Prof. Kasper Hettinga invited Cees for a guest lecture about food safety compliance to create a realistic perspective from a company perspective.

GMP Online Webinar for African SMEs/Smallholders

To enable SMEs in East Africa Good Manufacturing Procedures are key to maintain the quality of the food products and the power of the enterprises.

Food Safety Congress with nuTIQ and the GBA Group

The following page discusses the requirements of a specification and labelling . This example procedure can be used as part of the PRPs.

Collaboration between QAssurance and Agrea

We partnered with Agrea to expand services to the Philippines, home to one of the largest agri-sectors in Asia, and develop opportunities for Southeast Asia

Food Safety Online training material

It is critical that information be shared among stakeholders in order to improve food security, food safety and local economy by theory and practice.

ProFound collaboration with QAssurance

To unite forces QAssurance has collaborated with ProFound, the company has an immense knowledge and experience in working in developing countries.
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1-2 Taste collaboration with QAssurance

QAssurance launches a partnership with 1-2 Taste, to achieve global reach for iMIS Food. 1-2 Taste offers a digital platform worldwide

Food Safety Status in African countries

This presentation sums up the Food Safety status in Africa. It covers Food Safety management status, governance, actors involved, and certification status.
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Online Food Safety Compliance Scorecard

Do you have any idea how the Food Safety Culture in your company is performing? Calculate now and score your company in the new tab.
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