Under FSMA, the FDA requires affected facilities to have certain sanitation preventive controls in place. Specifically, these controls pertain to companies covered by the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, which requires cleaning procedures to prevent microbiological contamination from the environment or food contact surfaces, as well as cross-contamination from raw products, personnel, and allergens.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires FDA-regulated food and beverage facilities to have at least one Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). A FSMA PCQI must have successfully completed the FDA-recognized training program, provided by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). Or, the individual must have ample job experience to qualify. For many food and beverage facilities, there is still some uncertainty in terms of how to determine how a prospective PCQI can qualify. We take a closer look at this question and provide some additional details on the regulation here.
The Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food is one of the main doctrines of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). It applies to any facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds human food. In an effort to help you become as audit-ready as possible, we’ll take a look into preventive controls compliance here.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was the most sweeping reform of food safety law in decades. It is therefore no surprise that many food and beverage manufacturers and processors faced significant challenges in putting compliance efforts in place. In fact, many are still struggling with the added workload: not only does FSMA require a more preventive approach to managing food safety hazards, but it also places an administrative burden on many facilities due to its robust recordkeeping requirements. Many companies are therefore leveraging FSMA inspection software as a solution.
The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) brought about significant changes in the food and beverage industry, some of the most noteworthy being the ways in which records must be handled. Specifically, the rules surrounding FSMA records access demand the attention of food and beverage manufacturers, as much has changed in recent years. Here, we explore what companies under FSMA expect.