The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now in effect, and 950 new inspectors will be out enforcing the updates. Will you have your Food Safety and HARPC plans ready for them?
About FSMA and the Changes:
The law represents the first major change to food safety in over 75 years. Its aim is to ensure that the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of Federal regulators from responding to contamination, to prevention.
It is vital for companies to understand the new rules and enforcement dates. For example, 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.
Consequences of Non-Compliance:
Future FDA inspections will include Food Safety and 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.
Organizations Primarily Impacted by FSMA:
- 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
Learn More: Download a Complimentary Information Sheet on FSMA
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, you can download a Complimentary Information Sheet on FSMA. The information sheet includes the enforcement dates, along with more details about the HARPC provision and consequence of non-compliance.
The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJ-DOL) has recently released information on the next round of Workforce Development Grants. Funding will be available to help the employees of eligible food industry manufacturing companies and their NJ supply chain navigate FSMA.
Individual Corporation Training Grants and Consortia Grants will be available.
- February 23, 2016: Letters of Intent
- March 2, 2016: Grant Submittals
Note: training grants remain available until funding limit is reached.
To begin the process or for more information, immediately connect with your NJMEP Account Manager or contact us by calling 973-998-9801, e-mailing email@example.com, or filling out the form below!