FSMA and FDA

Two things of interest.

 

Under FSMA, FDA really wants to see the food industry set up programs in their plants to prevent contamination before it occurs.  And of course you need up to date records for all of these programs.

 

One tool they would like to see you doing is environmental monitoring.  If this tool is missing from your tool box, you need to add it.

 

Also, a few days ago FDA issued the small entity compliance guidance’s.  These guidance’s help you comply with FSMA.  You must do so by September of 2017 if you have fewer than 500 employees.

 

Tom

800-477-0778

www.ASIFood.com

 

Qualified Individual

FSMA mandates that your plant has a “qualified individual” to oversee your “food safety programs”.  We want to emphasize programs, meaning more than one.  This includes your food safety plan, hazard analysis and preventive controls.

 

Your individual must have experience in the food safety industry along with documented food safety education AND food safety certification.

 

In addition to the above, the FDA inspectors will also want to see records whereby management is reviewing this entire process.

 

Tom

800-477-0778

www.ASIFood.com 

From HACCP To HARPC

Following the passage of FSMA, FDA instituted HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls).

 

Your food safety plan must identify any and all reasonably and foreseeable food safety hazards, and include risk based preventive controls for them.  You must now minimize risk from the very beginning of your process to the very end.

 

Tom

800-477-0778

www.ASIFood.com

Criminal Prosecution

We the believe that the federal government, because of FSMA, will be focused on criminal prosecutions of executives, if a foodborne illness is tied to a specific facility.  Their past history, in a lot of cases, they went after the corporation.

 

Please know FSMA, have a working food defense plan, a working HACCP plan, monitor your suppliers, do environmental testing, etc.

 

Tom

800-477-0778

www.ASIFood.com