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A wider reaching global supply chain exposes our food—and those companies within the food supply chain to increased risk. New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Program (NH MEP) supports manufacturers and those within the supply chain managing operational risks, achieve food safety regulatory and certification standard requirements, and realize sustained business value.

Focused on Business Results
Over the last few years the food Industry and its supply chain has become increasingly more complex in regards to food safety and compliance with the advent of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

NH MEP Food Safety Industry Expert has:

  • An in-depth understanding of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and third party certifications such as SQF, BRC and FSSC 22000
  • Guidance in evaluating which food safety certification would best accommodate your business and markets you choose to participate in
  • Pre-audit guidance and Gap analysis to better prepare your business for a FDA audit
  • Individual & Customized Training on Numerous Food Safety Specific topics

 

Our Capabilities and Expertise go well beyond Food Safety Compliance and Certification

Unlike other food safety consultants, we bring a holistic approach to food safety compliance by combining extensive, practical hands-on experience, with a clear understanding of the business imperatives that are crucial to your success.

The food manufacturing experts at NH MEP can help you with all aspects of your business, including:

  • Business Growth Services including Strategic Planning, Lead Generation and Marketing Assistance
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics Cost Reduction
  • Business Efficiency services including Lean Manufacturing Techniques & Plant Layout , and Cost Segregation Services

 

Training

No matter how large or small the organization, a food processing facility should regard food safety and concern for public health as its number one priority.

To meet your food safety training needs NH MEP offers a wide array of food safety courses including but not limited to:

Training Course Course Length / Hours
cGMP Requirements & Readiness 8
Food Allergens 8
Food Defense – Intentional Adulteration 8
Food Recalls and Withdrawals 8
HACCP 16
Corrective Action and Root Cause Analysis 16
FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs 16
FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food 20
Internal Auditing for Food Safety Management Systems 16

 

Certification and Compliance

Every company has an obligation to its customers to provide safe and quality food. In addition, a growing number of companies require their producers and suppliers to implement a certification program. Certification to a GFSI-certified standard (e.g., SQF, IFS, BRC, FSSC 22000) demonstrates that a company is working actively to manage its food safety risks.

Connecting Compliance and Certification
It is difficult for companies to devote the resources required to maintain compliance activities at a sustained and satisfactory level—but it is essential. NH MEP understands the importance of developing and maintaining key internal controls that ensure the reliability of compliance systems and meet certification requirements.

Our experts help companies select the food safety standard that best aligns with business objectives and capabilities to ensure that compliance methods are optimized. We then manage the entire compliance and certification readiness process, working directly with onsite employees to mitigate risks, ensure certification, enhance market reputation, and drive business performance.

Compliance/Certification Services

  • FDA/FSMA compliance
  • GFSI/HACCP/GMP certification readiness
  • FSSC 22000, IFS, SQF, BRC certification consulting
  • HACCP food safety plan development
  • HACCP-certified training
  • GFSI strategy, business plans, and implementation support
  • GFSI integrity audits
  • Training and certification for internal auditors
  • Internal audit process development
  • Process verification/validation
  • Process improvement and redesign

 

For more information, please contact Lee Cronk at leec@nhmep.org.

About NH MEP

New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH  03301

Phone: 603-226-3200

The New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, age, political affiliation or belief. This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all educational and training programs and activities. It also encompasses the employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.

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Press Releases

WS Dennison Cabinets Sees Host of Improvements since Implementing 5S Program

Pembroke, NH – WS Dennison Cabinets has been creating custom cabinets for residential and commercial industries throughout New Hampshire and New England since 1986. When COVID-19 hit last spring, like so many other manufacturers across the country, Dennison was affected and lost some of their workforce. Looking to make production improvements, the company attended an NHMEP workshop that introduces the basics of a 5S Program, a lean tool which improves organization in a production environment.

SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Lenders

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST.

DoD Interim Rule for NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC

The DoD recently issued an Interim Rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), effective November 30, 2020.

The 18th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit a Virtual Success

On Thursday, October 29th, the 18th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit was successfully conducted online with over 200 participants in attendance, (mostly small to medium-sized manufacturers) making it one of the largest manufacturing events to be held virtually since COVID-19 began. Mike Mastergeorge, Vice President of Brazonics Inc. kicked off the summit thanking the teams at NH MEP, NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and the NH Business and Industry Association. He thanked People’s United Bank and BAE Systems as the major sponsors and acknowledged the other sponsors as well. He introduced Taylor Caswell, Commissioner of NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, who made opening remarks and introduced Governor Chris Sununu. The governor acknowledged progress made in manufacturing and other sectors and encouraged manufacturing innovation in the state as the sector recovers.

Progressive Manufacturing & SÓLAS Expand with Purchase and Move to Newport, NH

Newport, NH – After years of continuous growth, Progressive Manufacturing, Inc. announces the purchase of a manufacturing facility located in Newport, New Hampshire. With significant improvements over the past few months, the renovated facility, offices, and warehouse are now home to Progressive Manufacturing and its fireplace brand, SÓLAS Contemporary Fire. Both businesses are fully operational at the new headquarters as of October 26, 2020.

With over 40,000+ square feet, the new facility has doubled Progressive Manufacturing’s space. The move provides a unique opportunity to create a modern manufacturing workplace, streamline production, and create a new showroom for the SÓLAS brand of fireplace products.

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