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Over the past month, we have taken a closer look at the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), what it involves, what deadlines it outlines for food manufacturing compliance, and how companies are affected by it. For more information on what the FSMA expects out of businesses your size, visit here. The FSMA is sub-divided into sections that impact different food system areas. Within each area, there are individualized deadlines and schedules. Let’s take a closer look at these areas by exploring statutes pertaining to them that are included in the FSMA. Statutes within the FSMA Traceability- Of all the elements food manufacturing businesses will be impacted by, they will be most greatly affected by the traceability requirements that are listed in the act in the realm of “food defense.” Existing product tracking requirements are expected to drastically expand once this element is fully defined within the act. In the future, the current requirement of tracing one step in both directions (forward and back) will likely be significantly modified. Even though the defined requirements are yet to be complete, it is important to consider implementing food industry software that will help in creating more accurate and efficient tracking procedures. In order […]

The reality is that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has far-reaching impact. No food company in the United States nor any food company that does business with the United States (including many of here in Canada) is left unaffected by the act. Believe it or not, the beverage industry is impacted as well, and this includes alcoholic beverages. With such a wide reach, companies need to understand that they are very likely affected by these rules and should be considering enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for their businesses to help in meeting them. This food ERP can be essential in keeping up with the processes and information needed to uphold the FSMA’s regulations. To understand the timeframes and deadlines for compliance of these regulations, visit here. How does the FSMA affect companies? For starters, it is important to realize that the nature and size of a company correlates to how the act applies to it in either direct or indirect ways. These same factors also impact how stringent the compliance schedule will be. Let’s take a closer look at all shapes and sizes of businesses to see the affect the FSMA has on them. The Smallest of Food Manufacturing […]

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is increasing regulations and restrictions for food manufacturing companies. Failure to comply with the regulations brings with it the threat of mandatory recalls, enhanced inspections, severe penalties, and more. Visit here for more information about the FSMA, its purpose, the implications and impact, and how regulations can be met. In addition to understanding the act itself and what it is intended to achieve, it is also important to have a good understanding of the timelines and deadlines associated with it. These carry significant importance for food manufacturing businesses and are required to be met. The History of the Food Safety Modernization Act The FSMA was originally signed and put into place in January of 2011. Like most laws and regulations, it takes time to implement the laws contained within it. This is certainly true for the FSMA, and implementation is still in process. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gradually releases new regulations following processes that allow for public and industry input. The FDA’s role has expanded significantly since with the new act, but they have only been able to gradually increase their resources which lengthens the implementation timeframes. In 2012, the registration system […]

Did you know that major new food safety legislation is reshaping the entire food industry? If you are in the food manufacturing industry, you will need to be prepared. Do you understand what the Food Safety Modernization Act is and what it is all about? Let’s take a closer look to find out more information about the act and answer some important questions about it. Understanding the Food Safety Modernization Act Following the largest threat to safety and security that the United States has ever seen on September 11th, safety and security are more of a major priority than ever before. This includes the importance of food security. In response, a registration system was created for food companies that also included the implementation of controls intended to improve the safety of the food system. A decade later, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was created. It further expanded the previous regulations and is the most expansive shift in food manufacturing regulations that has been seen in a long time. By expanding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) power and position, the FSMA also expands the burden felt by the food and beverage industry who are responsible to uphold the regulations. […]