Old FDA vs. New FDA

If you have gotten used to or know your FDA investigator, if and when he or she shows up again, they will surprise you.  it will be a whole different deal.

Under FSMA, now, the FDA investigator will be using a systematic method of assessing systems.  They will be looking at your programs (HACCP) and how they flow.  They will be looking at your food safety program (PCQI).  They will be interviewing your people to ascertain their food safety knowledge.

The old FDA is gone where they take samples and leave.

 

Tom

800-477-0778

http://www.asifood.com

Bad Bug Book

Check out FDA’s “Bad Bug Book”.  It’s good.  But, it might be a little “heavy” in some areas.  And then it’s funny because it’s light in others.

 

Our idea for you is to have your key personnel read a chapter that you designate once per month.

 

Tom

800-477-0778

www.ASIFood.com

 

Listeria Detection

Just another reminder to have a thorough and complete listeria detection program in your facility.  There are many firms out there that can help you get this set up.  With each listeria case costing the food manufacturer an average of $1.4 million, this must be taken seriously.

 

Tom

www.ASIFood.com

800-477-0778

Change is Good

Change is good.  Sell the ideas to others in your facility.  We must change.  The “old ways” are no good anymore.

FSMA is change and you must do it.  Recall strategy is changing, for a good reason.  The follow up with suppliers regulation is changing, for a good reason.  Hang a banner:  CHANGE IS GOOD.

If you change with enthusiasm and vigor, others will follow.  Talk it up daily.

Have those on the team submit a change idea.  Then everyone owns a stake.

 

Tom

800-477-0778

www.ASIFood.com

Humor from ASI

 There are a lot of good seminars and webinars out there on Preventive Controls.  Let us know if you are still looking for a class. 

Below are a few “one-liners” to get you through the rest of the day:

 Venison for dinner again?   Oh deer!

 How does Moses make tea?   Hebrews it.
 England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .
 I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
 They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.
Tom
800-477-0778

Just Released – Food Defense

FDA has released their final FSMA rule on Food Defense.  You must complete and maintain a written food defense plan in your facility to protect the food you are processing or storing from intentional human contamination.

 

Read more in the Federal Register or call us.  We can fill you in on what needs to be done.

 

Tom

www.ASIFood.com

800-477-0778

Imported Ingredients or Food

If you import foods or ingredients, things are a lot different under FSMA.  Under Section 301, your products must be procured from an “approved supplier” that the supplier, through documentation, are controlling “foreseeable hazards”. There must be at least one on site audit of the supplier, etc., etc.

 

Read Section 301 in the Federal Register.

 

Tom

www.ASIFood.com

800-477-0778