4 Major Components of the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA)

If you own a business that handles food or a part thereof, you have to sufficiently inform yourself of the new FSMA rule. We know. It’s a little annoying that you have to think of another thing when you already have a routine that you follow to make things easy for you.

Do not stress about this. The details of the new FSMA rule isn’t that complicated. They’re basically the usual things that you do. Fundamental acts of cleanliness, if you want to make it sound a little simpler. It’s just that the Food and Drug Administration just tightened their watch over everyone involved in the supply chain of food products. Continue reading “4 Major Components of the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA)”

Preparing for FSMA Compliance. Are you Ready?

If you’re not ready, or even preparing for the new Food Safety Modernization Act, the time is here to begin reassessing your prerequisite programs and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans. There’s many questions to keep in mind. Are SOPs or standard operating procedures current and adequate for their purpose? Has employee training been conducted and documented? The following are some key steps to keep in mind. Continue reading “Preparing for FSMA Compliance. Are you Ready?”

Eyes On The Road

In your business, it may be critical that your food remain between certain temperatures. It seems like as great as your drivers are, you know that they are the critical bottle neck in your new plan to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to have “eyes on the road”? A way that you could travel along with the product, standing in the trailer with a thermometer watching the temperature to ensure your food doesn’t spoil? The driver needs to be focused on driving rather than watching the temperature the whole transit. They do check periodically, but how often? Being able to have multiple eyes on the temperatures would be great for any company with food in transit. Continue reading “Eyes On The Road”

A Proactive Plan: The First Step to FSMA Compliance

It’s been about four years since the United States Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and it’s finally time for the FDA to begin implementation of the requirements.

While there’s been some deadlines set, the finally deadline is set for May 31, 2016. At this final deadline begins the first steps of implementation of the new law. This law is useful for preventive controls for both human and animal food. Continue reading “A Proactive Plan: The First Step to FSMA Compliance”

Comply With Provisions For Temperature Control

If regulations require that you comply with these new provisions for temperature control, you probably wonder how you can ensure that you’re able to comply. After all, sometimes things simply get overlooked in transit and you find out upon delivery that the temperature changed enough that you have a total loss.

Using a Trailer Tracking solution that uses GPS, you have access to a few things that you haven’t had before: Continue reading “Comply With Provisions For Temperature Control”

Previous 3 Cargoes?

From the coming FSMA regulation:

(4) A carrier that offers a bulk vehicle for food transportation must provide information to the shipper that identifies the three previous cargoes transported in the vehicle. The shipper and carrier may agree in writing that the carrier will provide information that identifies fewer than three previous cargoes or that the carrier need not provide any such information if procedures have been established that would ensure that the bulk vehicle offered will be adequate for the intended transportation operation, e.g., if the carrier by contract, will only offer Continue reading “Previous 3 Cargoes?”

Temperature Condition During Transit

Excerpt from the proposal:

(2) A carrier:

(i) Must, once the transportation operation is complete, demonstrate to the shipper and if requested, to the receiver, that it has maintained temperature conditions during the transportation operation consistent with those specified by the shipper in accordance with § 1.908(b)(3). Such demonstration may be accomplished by any appropriate means agreeable to the carrier and shipper such as the carrier presenting printouts of a time/ temperature recording device or a log of temperature measurements taken at various times during the shipment.Continue reading “Temperature Condition During Transit”

FSMA Background

FSMA was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011, to better protect human and animal health by helping to ensure the safety and security of the food and feed supply. FSMA embraces preventing food safety problems as the foundation of a modern food safety system and recognizes the need for a global approach to food and feed safety. The FDA has proposed six additional rules that are foundational to this preventive approach encompassed by FSMA. In addition to the rule on sanitary transportation, the FDA has proposed: Continue reading “FSMA Background”