We’ve been growing at Source Nutraceutical for some time now. We recently added an additional Regulatory Affairs Specialist to the team and we wanted to take some time to introduce her. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring back our much requested series “Inside Source”.
With a specialty in food safety, Nicole plays a huge role in ensuring your product checks all the boxes to enter the market safely. If you need assistance understanding those boxes or if your product meets those requirements, don’t hesitate to give us a shout today!
Without further adieu, meet Nicole.
Tell us a bit about your position at Source Nutraceutical?
My position at Source Nutraceutical is that of a Regulatory Affairs Specialist in the Food subdivision. My main responsibility is reviewing food product labels to ensure compliance with regulations and all necessary standards.
What do you find exciting about your role?
Every day is varied with new products to evaluate. Each product brings different nuances to correct-be it ingredient nomenclature, nutritional claim legitimacy, recalculating the nutritional facts table, etc all geared to bring the client’s product to the Canadian store shelf. Being able to research, advise, organize, manage projects and problem solve all come into play with this role which helps you develop or strengthen your skill set. It’s also fun to have a sneak peak of the product before the general public.
With the ever changing regulations, how do you keep on top of what is most up to date?
New policies and regulations need to be aligned throughout multiple regulatory and certification standards so luckily we hear rumblings about the upcoming changes prior to their release dates. Subscribing to the e-notifications from the government entities such as Health Canada and CFIA assists in staying up to date with changes. The team here is a wealth of knowledge and we inform each other of changes that we come across.
We know that you specialize in food safety. Share with us an interesting food safety fact that we may not be aware of?
The GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) is in the process of adding food safety culture into its benchmarking requirements. It will be interesting to see how the food safety culture of a company will be evaluated during a certification audit and how a company can internally improve their compliance to this upcoming requirement. Will they assess the leadership commitment in regards to meeting food safety related key performance indicators? Or will it be based on internal/external nonconformities reoccurrence? Time will tell.
Since we’re speaking of food, on a more personal note, if you could only eat 3 things for the rest of your life, what would they be?
This is a tough question for a foodie. I’m a huge breakfast lover and enjoy ethnic dishes-always so full of flavour! Eggs, stirfry and crêpes.
What do you see in the future for your industry and for Source?
The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will come into force mid-January of next year focusing on licensing, preventive controls and traceability. As these are new and daunting for food companies, Source can help navigate these regulations and gain compliance.
Finally, if you hadn’t become a food regulatory specialist, what occupation could you see yourself in today?
A massage therapist.