FSMA, signed into law by President Obama in 2011, made sweeping reforms within the food industry. For some, these reforms were necessary to enact sooner than others based on differing compliance dates. Large food companies came first, to be followed by smaller businesses. So how can mid-sized food companies look to those that have already been through the wringer [...]
FSMA is a hot topic and the internet is constantly flooded with explanations, tips, and a lot of discussion. But what is missing from the discussion? Here are 5 things that have been overlooked in the headlines and the compliance frenzy: 1. Who has the upper hand? Although FSMA affects food suppliers as a whole, the requirements set some [...]
The FDA is Coming Tomorrow. Are You Ready to Answer These 10 Questions About Your Foreign Suppliers?
With all of the new requirements of FSMA, it can be difficult to know where to focus with your FSVP. Would you be ready for an FDA inspection tomorrow? Here are 10 important questions to ask yourself to ensure that your foreign suppliers are on the right track: 1. Does FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program apply to me? If [...]
All of the articles and tips flying around the food industry regarding FSMA almost sound like a ticking clock -- reminding us that inspections are just around the corner. Practical steps for compliance are a necessity and most can be prioritized according to a certain time frame. In this article, we will discuss what should be accomplished 30 days, [...]
With a couple of words, the FDA drastically altered the expectations of food processors. Those words were: “shifts accountability.” The impact of the FSMA for major companies largely comes down to this transfer as food processors are now responsible for every supplier along the line of bringing products from the farm to the table. One major aspect is the [...]
The trick with any FDA inspection preparedness program is to reduce the risk of surprise by understanding FDA history and tendencies. But like most professionals in this industry, you’re probably busy with a million things on your to-do list. And while you know you should set up a complete FDA inspection preparedness program, you just [...]
FSMA has sent food suppliers into a frenzy, but what does it really entail? While there is much information on the topic, a simplified, initial outline is close to nonexistent. We decided to fix this problem by providing this resource for those attempting to wrap their minds around what this new act really means. […]