Food Safety and Regulatory-Trade Compliance


Written by Kelly Fiset

Marketing and Creative Services Coordinator at ArdoVLM

November 3, 2016

VLM Foods Inc. is committed to quality assurance and regulatory-trade compliance. With qualified food safety auditing and regulatory affairs specialists on staff, VLM not only specializes in food safety oversight but food safety capacity building. Learn about our team of qualified personnel and about each department’s highlights.



Mark FeDuke MSc: Director of Operations and Regulatory Affairs

  • • U.S. CCS ( Certified Customs Specialist )
  • • Canadian CCS
  • • Canadian CTCS (Certified Trade Compliance Specialist)
  • • Regular participant CBP/DHS COAC committees
  • • Appointed by Gov. of Canada to serve on Health Canada’s Food Expert Advisory Committee
  • • Frequent industry speaker – FSMA, Regulatory Modernization

Annabelle Gaudreau BA: Trade Services – Import

  • • U.S. CCS

Jay (Jedrzej) Opyrchal: Logistics Manager

    • • CCLP – CITT Certified Logistics Professional
    • • Canadian CCS


Active participant in CBP trade facilitation programs minimizing import cargo inspections with net benefit to supply chain reliability and speed to market metrics

      • • C-TPAT certified & validated importer
      • • One of only 9 companies to be U.S. CBP certified as a Trusted Trader
      • • Member of CBP’s Agriculture & Prepared Products Center of Excellence and Expertise


Christophe Canivet MA & MBA: Director of food safety and food defense

        • • BRC Trained Auditor
        • • AIB, BRC, SQF, Global GAP and FSSC 22000 certifications
        • • FSPCA PCQI certified
        • • Native speaker fluency in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin

Shelley Harper: Senior Food Safety Analyst

        • • HACCP trained
        • • Pharmaceutical QC work compliant with GLPs

Jackeline Rojas: Food Safety Analyst

        • • HACCP trained
        • • Trained in Walmart quality safety procedures

Wang Libo: Quality Control Inspector – stationed in China

        • • AIB trained

Gai Pengfei: Quality Control Inspector – stationed in China

        • • AIB trained


          • • 1st & 2nd Party Facility Audits: Field / processing facility / documentation auditing on behalf of VLM and VLM’s customers.
          • • On Site Training of foreign suppliers by way of in-house expertise determining and implementing appropriate preventive controls, monitoring programs and validation activities.
          • • Evaluation of foreign suppliers. VLM’s team of food safety analysts work to obtain and assess supplier prerequisites and food safety programs.
          • • Verification and approval of foreign suppliers’ food safety documentation accuracy.
          • • Monitoring of all microbiological and pesticide test results received from supplier‘s in-house or 3rd party laboratories.
          • • Regular ongoing 3rd party laboratory pesticide and microbiological testing on our China origin product to ensure US standards are met and maintained.
          • • Supervision and inspection of products packed in China. Our team of qualified inspectors on the ground check that product meet our client’s physical and micro specifications.
          • • Investments in top of the line equipment in Costa Rica (La Paz facility), Ecuador (Proquinoa facility) and China.

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