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Grade “A” Dairy Products and the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 charged the US FDA with developing and enforcing policies that ensure a safe food supply for all Americans and beyond. The Act implied a massive undertaking in improving food safety, with four sub-titles (Prevention; Detection and Response; […]

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls for Human Food identifies four types of preventive controls. The first type of preventive controls is Process Preventive Controls. When developing a Food Safety Plan for Preventive Controls for Human Food, after the preliminary steps (product description, flow diagram and process descriptions) and the Hazard Analysis (identifies […]

In previous blog posts, we’ve looked at the new ways food facilities must identify and evaluate food safety hazards, as well as the types of controls they need to put in place. In this one, we’ll examine another large piece of the FSMA pie: documentation. FSMA changes the requirements for mandatory recordkeeping and documentation of […]

With the shift from Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) to Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC), the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has redefined the way food facilities must treat food safety hazards. This article reviews the new two-step hazard analysis required under HARPC. Step 1: Hazard identification In step one, the […]

For most food facilities, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) introduces a new requirement to implement risk-based preventive controls. But, what exactly are they? The FDA defines preventive controls as “those risk-based, reasonably appropriate procedures, practices, and processes that a person knowledgeable about the safe manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding of food would employ to […]

One of the biggest changes the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has introduced is a transition from a reactive to a proactive approach to food safety. This is demonstrated in the shift from critical control points to preventive controls. For many companies, the implementation deadline for Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) is this […]

Compliance dates for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food rule start this September. Are you ready? FSMA and the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) requirements apply to almost all food facilities. But there are some exemptions as well as some areas of complexity where being informed is […]

Considerations for Validation of Thermal Processes used in the Manufacture of Low Moisture Foods Recent outbreaks/recalls due to Salmonella in low-moisture foods, and pending FSMA Preventive Controls rules, make processing interventions an imperative to ensure product safety. Technologies including, ’legacy’ technologies previously designed to achieve quality outcomes, but not designed as ‘kill steps’ (e.g., drying […]

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