The FDA’s FSMA, Food Safety Modernization Act, has a section in it regarding the sanitary transportation of human and animal food. This means that the trucks that our food are arriving in, are subject to inspection. Great for consumers! For trucking companies, now what?
Well, you need an inspection. We do these kinds of inspections. But it’s going to take more than someone coming in and giving you the “A-OK”. You need to make sure there is training in place with all of your drivers and refresher courses should be available to the employees.
Penske is a great example of a company putting this law into practice.
“We developed our own training program to ensure that Penske associates, which includes our truck drivers, are compliant with this important FSMA pillar,” explained Aaron Henderson, Penske Logistics director of loss prevention. “We incorporated FDA materials, third-party assistance, guidance from industry organizations and previous internal materials. We are also requiring annual refresher courses for all related personnel.”
So what is needed in the training aspect of it all, prior to the inspection, you ask?
- You have to have documentation and maintain records of training.
- The employees have to understand the truck’s temperature control tools and the specifics of what makes food unsafe.
- How to work the tools and maintain temperatures in the trucks.
- They have to know how to clean their equipment.
- Lastly, they need to know the general guidelines for food safety and safe conditions for food they are hauling.
For more information about FSMA, read this previous “Move Ahead” blog post.
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Back in 2011 the Food Safety Modernization Act was passed and finally this April marked the date for some major change to take effect. They focused on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STF Rule) which is designed to keep food safe during transportation. Although many companies are now having to comply, small businesses, that have fewer than 500 employees and has less than $27.5M in annual revenue are not having to meet compliance until April of 2018.
The STF Rule requirements are for shippers, loaders, motor carriers, rail carriers, and receivers that transport all human and animal foods, additives, and dietary supplements. The four major areas of change with this Rule are:
- Vehicles and transportation equipment
- Transportation operations
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Well not the meat really, but the packaging. I read an article today that was talking further on the research that they are doing about coming up with packaging that changes colors when food has spoiled. The article stated that it could save up to 8% of food waste!
In 2013 this all began with Canada and the U.S. trying to come up with a non-confusing way to inform the consumer that their food has gone bad. There has been a ton of ideas that have came to fruition however, they are all either not cost efficient or not practical in mass producing such an item.
With the first prototype coming out last year, it looks as if this may soon be a reality. How does it work you ask? The packaging would change colors based on PH changes and the Chinese have already come up with a small tag that indicates if a food product has been warmed to an unsafe temperature for consumption.
I’d say we are well on our way. For now, we can just stick to the confusing “Sell by date” and “Best if Used by” and how about the random “date”. No wonder we’re all throwing our food out.
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We understand that a good majority of us are dealing with a mass amount of water. Your food plant is dealing with the almighty flood waters. Now what? Well we pulled some advice straight from the FDA website below. We understand that you may be dealing with recall situations. Give us a call, we can help. 800-477-0778
Keep Food Safe
Follow these steps to keep your FOOD SAFE during and after flood conditions.
- Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
- Discard any food and beverage that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.
- Food containers that are waterproof include undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and “retort pouches” (like flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches).
- Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps.
- Also discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
- Discard any food in damaged cans. Damaged cans are those with swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting that is severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener. See box on next page for steps to clean/save undamaged packages.
- Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).
- Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse and then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry.
How To Save Undamaged Food Packages Exposed to Flood Water
Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and “retort pouches” (like flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you follow this procedure.
- Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.
- Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
- Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available.
- Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
- Sanitize cans and retort pouches by immersion in one of the two following ways:
- Place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes.
- Place in a freshly made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
- Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
- If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a permanent marking pen.
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SQF has released the updated version from 7.2 to edition 8. There are some really big changes and some minor tweaks, but the main question with any change is- can we get a cheat sheet? Well officially from SQFI, not yet. Not until July of this year, but from ASI Food, yes. We sat in on the meeting that Leanne Chuboff presented a few weeks ago, we have attached the link below if you want to watch it, and put together a document to help facilities quickly see what the differences are going to be.
Every month we hold a free learning lunch, which is live and available to the public. On June 22nd of this year we will be presenting a 45 minute presentation summing up what the changes are for this new edition along with a download for you to print and reference, to prepare for the January 2nd 2018 implementation date.
The webinar room holds 100 people and still has availability. If you can’t make it, give us a call. We can walk you through the changes. We want to see companies succeed and so does SQFI.
SQFI 2 Hour Webinar of Edition Changes
45 Min. ASI Live Learning Lunch June 22- SQF Edition 7.2 to 8 Changes- Register Here
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ASI Food Safety
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With all of the new FSMA changes, the Food Safety Transportation Act and all, each food processing company should develop a food safety culture. It is really getting all departments on board with the serious result of protecting your customer’s health in regards to food safety.
Frank Yiannas of Wal Mart has written a very good book on the subject.
Under FSMA, truck drivers, trailer loaders, trailer un-loaders all have to have food safety (sanitation) training. And of course all of this must be documented.
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Go to Shawn K. Stevens at Food Industry Counsel LLC, and find out when his next webinar is on how to handle your FDA inspection. He has some very good tips. http://www.foodindustrycounsel.com/
- The actual audit itself.
- Major non-conformance(s) must be corrected and uploaded into ReposiTrak within 14 days.
- Minor non-conformance(s) must be corrected and uploaded within 30 days.
* Certification Decision within 45 days from certification body.
* Score of Excellent or Good; another audit within 12 months.
* Score of Complies; another audit within 6 months.
Romer Labs has a very easy to use listeria sampler that anyone in your plant can utilize. They are inexpensive. You get results in 24 hours. FDA will be using this same type sampling technique.
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