FSMA and You
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in January of 2011. FSMA is an act intended to be more proactive rather than reactive to food safety issues.
Through FSMA, food processors and producers who currently do not fall under categories with additional regulations such as HACCP or Canned food guidelines would be required to formulate a system or plan called Preventative Controls (PC) for their food. The details of what is expected or required for a PC plan are not yet known as they are still being proposed and amended. One proposal for the regulation includes a Food Safety Plan.
Controls during the production process serve to eliminate or reduce widespread illness by reducing the possibility of pathogen survival in the product, eliminating allergen exposure, ensuring and recording proper sanitation practices, and preparing for the event of a recall.
The legislation is still being amended, however businesses are encouraged to stay astride with or ahead of these proposed changes as to prevent shock when they are finally installed by starting to think about food safety planning.
Read more from the FDA about Preventative Controls.