Impact Washington can help manufacturers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other food processing regulations.
Foodborne illnesses and diseases affect millions of Americans each year—a stark public health reality that prompted the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in 2011. FSMA marks the most significant food safety reform measure since the passing of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938. It has a dramatic impact on food processing manufacturers and producers in Washington state and the rest of the U.S.
FSMA’s objective is to emphasize prevention over reaction. It introduces food defense requirements and boosts regulation of farm produce and other FDA-regulated foods from processing to sale. In August 2015, the FDA published final rules for preventive controls for human and animal foods.
FSMA Compliance Dates
The clock for FSMA compliance began ticking on September 17, 2015 with the following compliance deadlines for human food and animal feed/pet food processors:
FSMA Requirements for Food Processors and Producers
One of the major FSMA requirements for manufacturers is the development and maintenance of a Food Safety Plan to identify food safety hazards and outline preventive controls based on Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC). This can be an overwhelming task without guidance. Impact Washington, in conjunction with our partners, can help assess your needs and develop a plan to meet compliance in the required timeframe.
Impact Washington’s FSMA Training Programs
Our custom program combines lean manufacturing best practices, the best microbiology experts in the state, and specific industry expertise to provide a streamlined, customized approach to help your business effectively navigate this transition in the most stress-free, cost-effective way.
Step 1: Facility Visit and Initial Gap Assessment
FSMA requires each food processing facility to develop a Food Safety Plan that accounts for likely food safety hazards. The Impact Washington team will visit your facility and conduct a readiness assessment to judge your plant’s current level of FSMA compliance and define actionable next steps.
Step 2: Practical FSMA Implementation
Our food safety experts can serve as an outside resource for your internal FSMA team. We can help develop an FSMA implementation plan to bring your facility into compliance with new regulations. Implementation steps can include:
- Leveraging hazard analysis, preventive controls, and procedures to develop and validate a Food Safety Plan
- Training employees on FSMA regulations and compliance
- Compiling records required by regulation
- And more!
Interested? Don’t wait before it’s too late. Contact us to learn more about how are FSMA training and implementation programs can help ensure compliance with new FSMA regulations.
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