The year 2015 will see more changes announced with the various FSMA rules as they are being finalized. What can you do now to prepare?
Produce safety featured prominently in the recently concluded Food Safety Consortium in Chicago November 17-18, 2014 for two reasons: First, produce remains the largest source of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States, and second, the recent supplemental notice by FDA calling for another round of public comments on the proposed rule for “ Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption .”
Roberta Wagner, Director, Office of Compliance at CFSAN, talks about how FDA will determine if a facility is high-risk or non high-risk, and how the agency will handle foreign facility inspections under FSMA.
Prof. P C Vasavada provides a preview of his upcoming presentation at the Food Safety Consortium, in which he will speak about food safety testing trends, and discuss approaches for testing of food and food plant environment, emphasizing microbial and other significant food hazards.
The Foreign Supplier Verification Program has seen some changes in the re-proposals. In addition to closer alignment with the Preventive Controls Rules, several other changes have been proposed. Two subject matter experts discuss these changes, and their impact on U.S. importers.
“Food defense is different from preventive controls and food defense cannot be prescriptive—it needs to be tied to a facility-specific risk evaluation,” says Shannon Cooksey, Senior Director at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Did FDA reinvent the wheel with FSMA, given GFSI? If you are GFSI certified, do you comply with all FSMA rules or what additional rules do you have to comply with? Will FDA accept GFSI certification in lieu of an inspection? Read for answers.
Proposed FSMA rules are putting new demands on food and beverage companies for prevention-based risk controls especially focused on the supply chain. Two speakers at the upcoming Food Safety Consortium will talk about how companies are struggling with managing up-stream supplier and ingredient risk and how tools like desk audits can help.
Training is a journey, not a destination. So start looking at training as the best investment you can make in your people, products and brands.
John Kukoly of BRC Global Standards will talk in an upcoming webinar about what’s new with the BRC standard, changes expected in 2015, how you will be affected by these changes, and how you can start preparing today for tomorrow’s BRC. Here’s a preview.