The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is no little-known piece of legislation in the industry today. As the defining rules have been finalized – and compliance dates have come and gone – manufacturers everywhere have felt the pressure of regulatory change. But is everyone on the same page when it comes to understanding these “new” compliance requirements? How is your company approaching its FSMA compliance obligations, and do you believe that technology can help?
When you think about the greatest threat to your food company’s profitability, your mind might automatically jump to nuances like employee turnover, inflating overhead costs or mismanaged advertising campaigns. Would you be surprised to know that a single failure in your food safety program could actually be the most devastating profitability factor of all?
Use this checklist to help avoid Tens of Millions in damage costs, severe brand equity loss, and unexpected food audits.
The first ever World Food Safety Day (WFSD) will be celebrated on June 7, 2019, in an effort to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, as well as contribute to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. Get a better understanding of this momentous occasion with a helpful breakdown of when, how and why this day was established, and what you can do to participate.
In early May, the 21st annual Food Safety Summit was held in Rosemont, IL, bringing together hundreds of leaders and key stakeholders from the government, regulatory and academia community, as well as retailers, food processors, distributors, food manufacturers, growers, food service companies, testing laboratories, importers and exporters, law firms and other food safety professionals. If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate in this industry-renowned event, there are some key takeaways you don’t want to miss.
“We recognize that it’s time to look to the future of food safety once again, with a view that builds on the progress we’re making with our regulatory framework, but also leverages the use of new and emerging technologies to create a more digital, traceable and safer system,” reads a newly released statement from Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on steps to usher the U.S. into a new era of smarter food safety. The announcement introduces the FDA’s plans to develop a “blueprint” intended to further modernize and evolve the country’s approach to food safety.
According to USDA records, more than 20 million pounds of meat were recalled last year, and the U.S. government is expected to issue new food safety guidelines after a recent spike in meat and poultry recalls due to product contamination. These headlines reveal the alarming rate at which food companies are still experiencing costly recalls, even amid modernized food safety regulation and heightened oversight. These statistics are a strong reminder of the importance of following preventive food safety guidelines and taking a proactive rather than reactive approach to contamination challenges.