The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now in effect, and inspectors are enforcing the updates. The law represents the first major change to food safety in over 75 years, and it shifts the focus of Federal regulators from “responding to contamination” to “prevention.”
Organizations impacted by the FSMA include:
- Food manufacturers (human & animal)
- Food ingredients manufacturers (chemicals, flavors, preservatives, etc.)
- Packaging companies including boxes, plastics, wraps, propellants, etc.
- All members of the food manufacturing supply chain
About FSMA and the Changes
Organizations must now comply with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) provision in the FSMA. HARCP is a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan, but with more defined preventative programs. Companies must address key topics such as allergen control, food defense, pest control, hygiene, cleaning and sanitation.
NJMEP’s FSMA Experts
Future FDA inspections will include Food Safety, and HAACP & HARCP plans, and non-compliance with FSMA can lead to significant consequences including, but not limited to: higher penalties, loss of business and even factory closures.