FSMA 101: 3 Things to Know About Required Record Keeping

The Food Safety Moderinzation Act rules have updated the requirements surrounding when and what the FDA will require surrounding access to your food safety records and documentation. Here are three quick things to know about about required record keeping: 

FSMA 101: What to know about Inspection and Compliance

For the first time, the FDA has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, prevention based controls across the food supply. The legislation transforms FDA’s approach to food safety from a system that far too often responds to outbreaks rather than prevents them.

Food Safety: We’re All In This Together

Field report from the International Foodservice Distributors Association Annual Distribution Solutions Conference

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the International Foodservice Distributors Association’s (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  The IFDA, like many industry associations provides an outlet for distributor member companies to collaborate in order to learn best practices and increase process efficiencies.  I was asked to join Lucelena Angarita from the Independent Purchasing Cooperative-IPC (Subway’s purchasing co-op) and Ed Medlock from Quality Supply Chain Co-Op, Inc. (Wendy’s purchasing co-op) in a session on the GS1 US Foodservice Initiative.

Why FSMA Training Is Key & The FDA Plan

Training will be essential in the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act - and the FDA just released their approach to tackling the issue. While members of the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with the FSMA rules, the FDA recognizes the importance of its role in facilitating that training. As stated by the agnecy, this means joining with public and private partners in state, federal, tribal and international governments, industry, and academia in the development and delivery of training.

Food Safety Modernization Act 101: A Quick Overview

The first two rules have been released by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and they now require owners, operators, or agents in charge of a food facility to evaluate the hazards that could affect food in that facility. This includes identifying and implementing preventive controls, monitoring the performance of those controls and maintaining records. Here's a quick overview of the new rules provided by the Food and Drug Administration.