The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is shifting focus from response to foodborne illnesses to prevention, before consumers’ health and wellbeing are ever endangered. To comply with these strict new regulations, companies must adhere to specific planning, training, and monitoring practices.
Many U.S. food and beverage companies are now feeling the burden of these new requirements, as failure to comply with new auditing procedures can result in mandatory recalls, enhanced inspections, federal and state penalties, expensive litigations, and more.
So, how can you best prepare for an FSMA audit? Check out the tips below to ensure you’re able to meet the new requirements with ease.
FSMA 101: Prepare Your Plans
Because the FSMA standards focus on preventative measures, your operations can be made ready for compliance well in advance. Assess your prerequisite programs, HACCP plans, employee training programs, and standard operating procedures. Are they well-documented? Up-to-date? Thorough and complete?
Don’t forget to:
- Develop an appropriate, comprehensive Food Safety Plan.
- Pinpoint the right individual to develop and manage the Food Safety Plan; be sure this person is experienced, well-trained, and fully aware of what they need to do.
- Evaluate your facility’s potential hazards. Are there risks involved in manufacturing operations? Processing? Packing? Holding? Clearly identify these situations.
- Implement preventive controls to address the identified hazards. These controls should significantly minimize or fully prevent the occurrence of dangerous circumstances that could adulterate food, providing quality assurance throughout every step of production.
- Monitor and maintain records of preventive control performance, building them into regular, routine practices.
- Do you import foods? Remember that you are responsible for FSMA compliance by foreign suppliers, too.
Calibration Management Experts: Letting You Focus on What You Do Best
Production is what you do best. Calibration experts can help you to navigate and comply with FDA verification procedures — without interrupting your regular operations. That means peace of mind with no distractions from your day-to-day duties.
The Endress+Hauser team offers complete calibration program services, including:
- Calibration management consulting services to evaluate your facility’s unique needs and business processes for the best procedural fit
- An installed base assessment, to inspect and analyze plant-wide instrumentation
- Fully accredited on-site calibration services, incorporating of a wide variety of measuring principles and instrumentation setups
- Installation and training for CompuCal calibration management software to help your facility maintain instrumentation on-site; CompuCal simply and efficiently maintains certificates and provides evidence of proper device operation according to set Food Safety Plan values
- Creation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to support your Food Safety Plan
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We’re committed to helping companies produce the highest-quality, safest food products possible, with seamless regulatory compliance. Reach out today to see how we can help your company maintain compliance with the new FSMA regulations.