Food Safety Modernization Act : The Breakdown (Part 2 – The Impact) 3/24/2011
Did you miss Part One?… Food Safety Modernization Act: The Breakdown (Part 1 – The Facts)
Now that we have the background of the law covered, let’s dive into what this means to us and how it can impact our food sources and supply chains.
How will this law make imported food safer?
New authorities under the Act include:
- Importer Accountability - Importers must verify that their foreign suppliers have adequate preventive controls in place to ensure safety.
- Third Party Certification - The FDA will be able to accredit qualified third party auditors to certify that foreign food facilities are complying with US food safety standards. In preparation for the FDA audits, our partner company FactoryAudits.com offers comprehensive Food Safety Assessments that analyze your facilities’ HACCP plan implementation, chemical control processes, pest control processes, sanitation risks and hazards and much more.
- High Risk Foods - The FDA now has the authority to require that high-risk imported foods be accompanied by a credible third-party certification as a condition of admission into this country .
- Additional resources – Foreign inspections will receive additional resources to complete necessary inspections.
- Food Refusals - The FDA now has the authority to refuse entry into the US of a food that has refused or failed U.S. inspection.
What is required to become a certified facility?
- The FDA is in the process of developing a proposed rule that will establish science-based minimum standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables and will address soil amendments, worker health and hygiene, packaging, temperature controls, water, and other issues.
- Food facilities will be required to implement a written preventive control plan, provide for the monitoring of the performance of those controls, and specify the corrective actions the facility will take when necessary. Don’t get caught unprepared: these seafood processors were not following the food safety rules and now they are warned and red flagged to clean up their act.
The time line is dated from the date of the enactment (January 2011). The following items are to be completed by the FDA no later than the corresponding times. (According to the law at this point in time.)