Feeling frazzled by FSMA?

16. Feb, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act), which is the first modernization of food safety laws in 70 years, impacts 90 percent of foods that consumers purchase except those containing meat or poultry. Since FSMA was signed into law in January 2011, food packagers are aware that its focus on prevention and accountability may result in increasingly stringent sanitary requirements for their equipment.

Under FSMA, prevention means that food companies need to have controls in place during manufacturing to assure the safety of their product and to prevent problems, not just react to them after the fact. Accountability means that food companies are obligated to report to the FDA to ensure that they are making safe products. The FDA now has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, preventative based controls.

Equipment suppliers play a key role in assisting food packagers by developing equipment in compliance with USDA standards. Since each company’s auger filler requirements are different, you should work with an equipment manufacturer with the expertise to recognize and address potential areas for product contamination. An experienced supplier can look at an application and develop a solution to meet the food packager’s requirements while at the same time provide customers with valuable insight about how any of their requirements would lead to an unsanitary unit. Working with a knowledgeable equipment builder ensures that a facility meets the organization’s standards.

Spee-Dee has already done just that for one of the world’s largest food manufacturers, and we can help you do the same. Check out our white paper to learn how we did it.

 

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