A good read on Food Safety Modernisation Act (by Team Ionhaccp)

As per FDA, Foodborne illnesses affect around 48 Million Americans per year, which means 1 in every 6 Americans goes through this. Out of those, around 1,28,000 are hospitalized and for 3000 people every year, foodborne diseases have turned out to be fatal. Most foodborne diseases are caused due to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites contained in the contaminated food reaching the human body system.

Contamination of food can be prevented by setting preventive and quality measures in food manufacturing, processing, and storing. US food Industry is considered one of the largest with sales values amounting to more than 5 trillion dollars in 2015. The need to educate and ensure awareness and safe practices throughout the industry has become a necessity now more than ever. The US Govt enforced FSMA with the intention to modernize and update the Food Safety practices while maintaining compliances with the existing Food safety standards like HARPC, HACCP, GFSI, SQS, etc.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011. The FSMA has given the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authorities to regulate the way foods are grown, harvested, and processed. FSMA aims at complete prevention of foodborne diseases rather than controlling it. FSMA primarily focuses on these legislations.

Food Safety Modernisation

Prevention

This rule makes it mandatory for certain domestic and foreign facilities to establish and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food. The final rule implements the requirements of FSMA for covered facilities to establish and implement a food safety system that includes a hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls.

Import Safety

The new rule requires the importers of food for humans & animals to perform risk assessments and ensure that the product meets US safety standards.

Enhanced Partnerships

The legislation recognizes the importance of strengthening existing collaboration among all food safety agencies – U.S. federal, state, local, territorial, tribal and foreign to achieve the public health goals. For example, it directs FDA to improve training of state, local, territorial and tribal food safety officials.

Inspections, compliance, and response

FSMA’s rule established mandated inspection frequency based on the risk for food facilities. The Law directs FDA to conduct inspections and to increase the frequency of inspections going forward. The Law gives FDA the right to access food safety plans and records for implementing those plans.

FSMA compliance and the role of Food Safety Apps:

Food Safety Applications designed for Food Safety with HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control) compliance allows organizations dealing with Manufacturing, Producing, Processing, Packaging and Transporting of food to plan and execute their operations effectively. Let’s see what a fully fledged Food Safety System can help you in ensuring FSMA compliance.

1. Establish Food Safety Plans

Companies can create HARPC based food safety Plans, Tasks, and Workflows that can be assigned to individuals for approval. Apps allow the users to refer and update the status through the system making it fully transparent.  The app proves as a reference for updated product specs, plans, hazards, and potential risks.

2. Identifying Non-conformances earlier & managing corrective & preventive actions

FSMA stresses on preventing Foodborne diseases rather than controlling. FSMSs (Food Safety Management Systems) like Ionhaccp allows the user to identify non-compliances by cross checking with the requirement and sends alert to the users real time. Preventing non-conformances from happening controls the situation right where it is starting.

3. Maintaining Documentation and Reports as per FSMA Requirements:

All reports, plans, workflows, invoices, etc can be electronically stored and retrieved whenever needed. This will ensure that all necessary documents are readily available for inspections and audits as required by the FDA.

With an efficient Food Safety Management System, you can identify your non-compliances right where it is started and take corrective and preventive actions, ensuring FSMA compliance and overall a very hygiene, healthy and safe product for consumption. 

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About Neeraj Devarajan

Neeraj Devarajan is working at Vmokshagroup as a Presales Executive. He is a post graduate in Marketing from Visvesaraya Technological University and has a strong passion towards digital marketing. He is a fun loving person who loves to travel and meet new people.



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