For many food companies, the Food Safety Modernization Act rulings finalized this year will take full effect in 2016. The first FSMA deadline is in September 2016, when large companies with 500 or more full-time employees must comply with the preventive controls ruling for human food. Small companies with fewer than 500 employees will have until September 2017, and very small businesses with less than $1 million in average annual sales until September 2018.
“Most companies want to do the right thing; many are doing it now,” said Michael R. Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, following the multi-state outbreak of Listeriamonocytogenes tied to Blue Bell Creameries ice cream in early 2015. “Ultimately, the only way we will achieve the goals that we are focused on—the goals that consumers expect us to achieve and that industry wants us to reach—is if we have a system in which industry is systematically, every day, putting in place the measures that we know are effective in preventing contamination.”
As we wind down 2015 and move into the year of FSMA compliance for many companies, here are three key must-know facts to getting on the road to FSMA readiness.
1. KNOW WHERE YOU STAND...
First, food companies need to understand which rules apply to them and go through each to better understand where your company currently stands. Knowing where you are now will help you understand your gaps in FSMA compliance, better target your focus areas and map out a timeline and implementation plan.
2. KNOW YOUR SUPPLIERS...
For many companies, getting a handle on who exactly is supplying into their operations is actually a daunting task. But if you don’t have a deep understanding of your suppliers, how are you supposed to manage risk to your supply chain? Once you are fully aware of your suppliers and their capabilities, you can better execute if and when there is a quality or safety issue.
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