By Joe Bullinger, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager
Any company involved in manufacturing or distributing food for human or animal consumption is surely aware of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in 2011. The mandates contained in FSMA hit the large food manufacturers in 2015 and 2016, and now the deadlines are looming for the smaller companies.
With the end of October 2017, the latest FSMA deadline is upon us right now. As we told you in an article produced at the beginning of 2017, small manufacturers of human food need to comply with cGMP’s (Current Good Manufacturing Processes) and Hazard Analysis requirements no later than October 2017.
For human food manufacturers with fewer than 500 employees and more than $1M in sales, that’s right now, folks. The next deadline is for small manufacturers of animal food (<500 employees, >$2.5M in sales); they need to be cGMP compliant in 2017, and Hazard Analysis compliant in 2018.
If your business manufactures or deals with food, you know by now that the FSMA changes are significant, with the emphasis moving from being prepared to respond to a food supply contamination issue, to prevention of contamination.
The philosophy for FSMA is now proactive instead of reactive, and some companies have either had issues getting compliant, or are unsure if they’ve done enough to become compliant. With all the changes, this isn’t surprising, and it’s tough to go it alone. It makes sense to give your in-house food safety people the support they need to get it right.
Missouri Enterprise has assisted a number of food manufacturers in the past few years as they strive to cope with the changes. Our expertise has helped guide their in-house PCQI’s (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) through the new FSMA compliance rules to assure their company was ready for this important compliance change.
FSMA also requires that all food facilities that fall under the FSMA Act must now conduct Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) testing to reduce the risk of food contamination. And although it’s technically under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points plans (HACCP) continue to be an important part of food safety management.
Missouri Enterprise has HARPC expertise and HACCP certified resources on staff, and we’ve been helping food manufacturers implement those plans for years.
If your company has experienced turnover that has left you without the in-house PCQI, HARPC or HACCP people you need, Missouri Enterprise can help you. We’ve also given expert guidance to food manufacturers with “train the trainer” programs, so they’re better prepared to handle FSMA compliance today and into the future.
If you’d like to learn more about how Missouri Enterprise can help you with these and other food safety related challenges, contact your local Missouri Enterprise Area Business Manager at 800-956-2682.