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Hunterfoodservices.com

ABOUT US

A dedicated team based in China committed to utilising their broad experiences to support people and organisations operating in, buying from, selling to, or just interested in China and other Asian countries. Specifically support and train local farmers and food producers to improve their operating procedures and management standard to reach their aspirations, international regulations and their customer’s expectations.

OUR MISSION

We are a bridge between international expectations, and local reality: Many regulations, food quality systems, and quality expectations are developed in the west and must be supported here in Asia, to be effective in a very different environment; physically, culturally, and technically. We offer cost effective solutions with a proven track record over many years.

WHAT WE DO

We have gained invaluable experience working with many farms and factories in China, other parts of Asia, and international companies. We also have a good understanding of 3rd party audit requirements and current and upcoming regulations such as the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) instigated by FSMA. Using our own checklist and other tools, we identify gaps in management and quality systems and bridge these gaps with solutions that ensure that businesses can meet the ever increasing challenges of international regulations and customer’s demands. We also engage with clients of the business to help them to understand the challenges in Asia to meet international technical standard, and regulations. Follow up over time to ensure that the transformation is sustainable, and set the businesses on a path of continual improvement.

Currently we also provide trainings on preventive control regulations for human food and animal food under FSMA, and also provide services related to Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), for details please refer to FSMA & FSVP section.

> 2nd Party Food Safety Audit
> FSVP Partner for US food Importer
> Food Safety Training, FSMA, US Preventive Controls for Human Food and Animal Food, FSVP
> Translation
> Briefing
> Sourcing
> Office

FSVP & FSMA

FSVP

The No 1 professional organization for FSVP (US Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals) in China and your first choice of FSVP partner in China. The GM of Hunter Food Services, John Chapple, one of the earliest lead Instructors for FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Course in China.

Establish a Foreign Supplier Verification Program for you:

> We can help you to set up a Foreign Supplier Verification Program, include hazard analysis, evaluate & approve foreign suppliers, establish written procedures to ensure only importing from approved suppliers, determine and apply appropriate verification activities.

> We can read English and Chinese, so we can help you to comply with the regulation.  We can read and understand the language of any records that the person must review in performing this activity.

Your External Qualified Individual for FSVP:

> We are Qualified Individuals and Lead Instructor for FSVP.

> We are PCQIs for Preventive Control Regulation for Human Food and Animal Foods, and Qualified Individuals for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program so we can do audit to confirm if your foreign suppliers comply to Preventive Control Regulation.

> We have three Lead Instructors for Preventive Control Regulation for Human Food (2 Chinese) and one Lead Instructor for Preventive Control Regulation for Animal Food, so we can train PCQIs for your suppliers.

Provide the Hazard Analysis and other information you need for compliance with FSVP:

> Prepare the Hazard Analysis, Preventive Control, background information (such as food safety team, product description, intended use and consumers for food, flow chart) of your foreign suppliers in English.

> Any other information you are interested about food safety, such as food safety plan, master cleaning schedule, validation study, foreign materials controls, pest control, etc.

Evaluate your foreign suppliers in China:

> Whether they meet the applicable laws and regulations in China or not.

> Evaluate the procedures, processes, and practices related to food safety.

> Food safety history in China and US.

> Food safety regulations and compliance history in China and US.

> Any other relevant factors such as storage or transportation practices.

Onsite audit your foreign suppliers in China:

> After the onsite audit, we can provide you a formal English audit report, related all details about food safety issue, and we can provide pictures to make it easy to understand.

> Follow up and close the CA for the onsite audit findings and any other food safety issues.

Qualified Individual definition from FSVP: Person who has the education, training, or experience (or a combination thereof) necessary to perform an activity required under this subpart, and can read and understand the language of any records that the person must review in performing this activity. A qualified individual may be, but is not required to be, an employee of the importer.

FSMA

Hunter Food Services is one of the earliest organizations in China to engage in FSMA training. Mr. John Chapple, the founder of the company, began to focus on the development of FSMA six years ago and began training in FSPCA’s Preventive Control Regulation Courses for human food (117 regulations) in China from June 2016.

Training
There are more than one FSPCA Lead Instructor, and can provide Preventive Controls Regulation for Animal Food (507 regulations) and the US Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals training, these courses are FDA approved, FSPCA standard course.

Training

Useful Links for FSMA:

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Offices

Offices

Office services in Qingdao.

Translation

Translation

Translation of technical documents into Chinese or English and Interpretation services.

Guidance

Guidance

Guidance on International Regulations.

Briefings

Briefings

Briefings to interested parties on the real situation and challenges facing food production in China and other parts of Asia.

Sourcing

Sourcing

Assist in the sourcing of products from China.

Contacts

Contacts

Assist in finding contacts for organisations trying to import into China.

Our Team

John Chapple

General Manager

19 years hands on experience in farming, food processing and developing protocols to improve food safety in the UK, followed by another 15 years of practical experience in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 1999 led the team that developed Shandong’s largest vegetable farm and a vegetable Freezing factory with standards accepted by leading customers in USA, Japan, and Europe. Founder of Sino Analytica, one of China’s leading food testing laboratories. With his team John supported many leading Blue Chip companies involved in China, and is acknowledged as an authority on Asian Agriculture, food production systems and international MRL regulations. A trained Agronomist, his experience includes many Agricultural crops and animal production systems in temperate and tropical areas. Processing experience includes fresh, canned and frozen vegetables and fruit; Palm Oil production and waste product management; and pet food production.

Emily Jia

Operations Manager

Operations Manager at Hunter Food Services, Lead Instructor for FSMA Human Food Preventive Controls Regulation Course of FSPCA; trained in HACCP, ISO22000, BRC (passed the BRC External Auditor course with merit), External Supplier Auditing, Environmental Monitoring Program, and completed the training course for a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) under the FDA FSMA regulations for human food, animal food and FSVP. Graduated in 2005 major in Business English; 3 years of experience in fishery production factory in Yantai (Shandong) for marketing and exporting; 3 years of experiences in Merieux NutriSciences Sino Silliker for managing assisting and translation & interpretation; 3 years of experiences in American canned fruit and pet food company, helped building and managing the rep office in China, involved in the Chinese vendor on-site audits; then working in the current company as operations manager involved in office management and factory auditing, aim to help the foreign buyers to further understand and improve their suppliers' safety and quality in China. Cell phone/WeChat: 13780608657

Li Ping

Sales and Purchasing Manager

A native of Yanji in Northeast China, she has travelled extensively in Asia, and gained sales experience in China and Japan as well as living in Singapore, before settling in Qingdao. She brings her wide range of experience to the team to support the development and operation of this dynamic and youthful organisation.

Jason Meng

Food Safety Manager

Food Safety Manager at Hunter Food Service, Lead Instructor for FSMA Human Food Preventive Controls Regulation Course of FSPCA. Bachelor degree in Food Science and Engineering, trained in HACCP, ISO22000, BRC and completed the training course for a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) under the FDA FSMA regulations for human food, animal food and FSVP. More than 14 years of experiences of production management and quality management in multinational companies. Including the Production Quality Specialist position in Woolworths Global Sourcing, Production Manager in Chaucer foods, Production Supervisor and Industrial Engineer in Durex factory(Reckitt Benckiser Global), Supplier Quality Management position in Waggin Train China office (a pet food brand of Nestle Group), Production Area Manager position in Greenmarket company. Phone and Wechat:13465864404

Testimonials

BLOG

FSMA AND FSVP

The new FSMA rules: Preventive Controls for Human Food; and Preventive Controls for Animal Food are keeping us busy. I am a lead instructor for both and also the Foreign Supplier Verification Program. Jason and Emily are lead instructors for Preventive Controls for Human Food. The courses which were developed by the FSPCA in the USA to inform technicians about the new rules are making a useful contribution to food safety here in China, especially the Human course. The 2.5 day course summarizes what is best practice for food safety in a methodical clear way. By translating the course power-points into Chinese and delivering the subject matter in Chinese, Emily and Jason are getting excellent feedback for their efforts from the Chinese attendees.

Meanwhile I have just instructed my first course in Moscow. FSMA is spreading far and wide.

FSVP

May 30th 2017 saw the introduction of the new Foreign Supplier Verification Program, known as FSVP. Now US importers will have to ensure that their foreign suppliers are controlling the important food safety hazards associated with the food. When factory records are checked the reader must be able to understand the language in which they are written. (Which makes a lot of sense). Jason and Emily have developed a checklist that will enable them to effectively ascertain if the factories are complying with the FSMA requirements and effectively controlling the hazards of concern. This checklist along the arrangement of the translation of important documents to English will enable the importer to make an informed decision about the ability of suppliers. With oversight by the US FDA, this new program will encourage best practice in the industry, and increase the transparency of the food chain.

When is large scale actually small scale?

There is a lot of chatter around China about the need to scale up the farming. It seems that the government is determined to move forward with reforms. I hear from one farmer that next year only 50Mu will be acceptable in their district (approximately 10 times bigger than the family farms now), and if he can’t amalgamate with his neighbours he will have to forfeit his land to someone else (in return for a rent). A spokesman for the government has also stated that farms should become 10-15 times bigger.

But is 50 Mu a scale-up, or actually a backward step? 50 Mu is only 8 acres or just over 3 ha. It will need bigger equipment than the family uses on its 5 mu lot, but is not by any measure an efficient economy-of-scale. Yields could go down not up, as crop management will not be as well timed as before.

The government should develop a structure where good farmers can procure the land from the less able farmers in return for remuneration, and grow the farm size that way. Not force artificial changes in farm scale.

Small Volumes

One thing that always strikes you in China is the small volume brought to market by each farmer or village agent who amalgamates the produce from one farmer.  Recently there has been a revolution in distribution. For 2500 yuan, or 400 US$ the farmer can buy a 3 wheel electric truck that can take 500 kg for 20km, or so to market himself. That and his mobile phone to check prices is transforming his marketing power.

A Cup of Tea

Farmers can be enthusiastic about training as long there is a cup of tea, and they think they can make more money. Same all around the world! These farmers near Beijing are being taught about pesticide safety and Integrated Pest Management. Many farmer’s sons and daughters are part of the rapidly growing urban population, and bring home awareness of these food safety issues not previously considered in the village.

Small scale farming

Love this picture… Sums up the small scale of farming in China and the hard work for each farmer. But the picture also demonstrates the challenges faced in trying to scale up farming here. Each farmer is unwilling to give up his plot, and amalgamate it with others in case it is lost forever.

Arable Land Challenges

Arable land in china. 8% of the world’s land to supply 22% of the world’s population. What a challenge that is to the government and people of China. And with diets rapidly changing from a carbohydrate base to protein base the pressure on the scarce land and water supplies will only get greater.

 

Chinese Factories

Feature of Chinese factories. Lots of people. Flexible production as a result. But wages have risen by 300% in the last 10 years, and labour is now in short supply bringing many challenges to the traditional (two decades!) production systems.

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