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A Look into Sanitation Preventive Controls

Posted on Jun 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, Audit

What is a FSMA PCQI & What Are Their Responsibilities?

Posted on Jun 18, 2018 11:03:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety, Audit

A Look into Preventive Controls Compliance

Posted on Jun 14, 2018 2:08:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Compliance, Supply Chain, Safety, Audit

FSMA Inspection Software: What is It & Does Your Company Need It?

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 7:02:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Compliance, Automation, Supply Chain, Audit

FSMA Final Rule for Produce Safety: What are the Compliance Dates?

Posted on Jun 12, 2018 10:24:00 AM

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Produce Safety puts into place minimum standards for growing, packing, harvesting, and holding produce that will be used for human consumption. It is the first time in the history of food safety that such rules have been put in place for fruits and vegetables. While the rule went into effect in January of 2016, the first compliance dates were not until two years later (January 2018). Here, we take a look at the various compliance dates for different types of farms to help you determine whether yours is approaching – or perhaps has already passed.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety

Preventive Controls for Human Food: Do You Have a Compliant Safety Plan?

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 1:53:00 PM

Under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food applies to facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold human food. While there are some exemptions (farms that engage in low-risk activities or are very small, for instance), the rule applies to many companies across various levels of the supply chain. One of the pillars of compliance with the rule is establishing a strong, written food safety plan. Here, we look at some of the key elements that should be incorporated in the plan.

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Topics: Compliance, Safety

What Every Food Company Should Know About FSMA Records Access

Posted on Jun 8, 2018 2:03:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Compliance, Audit

3 Keys to a Compliant FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 2:20:00 PM

The Food Modernization Act (FSMA) requires U.S. food and beverage companies to proactively ensure the safety of imported food through the Foreign Supplier Rule. While most facilities already have industry best practices in place for the onboarding and management of all vendors, it is now especially critical for importers to ensure their processes are FDA-compliant. Here are three tactics which can be used to support a FSMA foreign supplier verification program (FSVP).

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Topics: Compliance, Supply Chain, Safety

Is Your FSMA Supplier Verification Program Compliant?

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 12:23:00 PM

One of the many changes brought on by the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the way in which suppliers are managed. Specifically, the FSMA supplier verification program requires importers of food for humans and animals in the U.S. to have risk-based activities in place to ensure their materials and ingredients meet U.S. safety standards. The first compliance dates began in May of 2017, so if you’re uncertain whether your organization is fully compliant, keep reading to learn more.

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Topics: Compliance, Supply Chain

What is a HARPC Plan & Does Your Company Need One?

Posted on May 31, 2018 7:10:00 AM

Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) is a term which originates from the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The main objective of FSMA is to enforce the prevention of food safety issues proactively, instead of after they occur. Here, we focus on HARPC plans to help you determine whether your company needs to take action to become compliant.

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Topics: Compliance, Supply Chain, Safety

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