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Produce Traceability: What You Really Need To Know

The FDA released the updates to four proposed FSMA Regulations in September, which are currently open for comment. The updates are based on the extensive comments the FDA received on the initial proposed regs. The overriding message from the FDA has been promoting a culture of food safety; the optimal word being culture. The days doing everything following best practices the day the inspector is scheduled to show up, and returning to less rigorous standards the next day must end. To help build that culture of food safety the FDA and partner agencies will be putting and emphasis on education and training in the next few years, a great preview of this can be found in the Operational Strategy for implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Although FSMA gives the FDA a big stick to go after companies, it is clear they would much rather achieve voluntary compliance.

In a recent RedLine webinar, Produce Traceability: What you really need to know, I reviewed the proposed updates to FSMA Regulations on:

  • The Produce Food Safety Rule
  • Preventive Controls for Human Food
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
  • Preventive Controls for Animal Food

If you interested in the details, a replay is available from the hyperlink above. Beyond the specifics of the regulations, what you really need to understand is FSMA will usher in a new era of creating a "Culture of Food Safety". The foundation of the culture of food safety is Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). What every produce company can do now to prepare for FSMA is review and update your HACCP plan; if you don't have one it's time to create one.



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