Archive | November, 2015

FSMA Update – Final Rules on Produce and Imports

FDA News webcastFDA released on November 13, 2015 groundbreaking final rules that will help produce farmers and food importers take steps to prevent food safety problems before they occur. The agency also released a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the produce rule’s provisions.

The following information is now available:

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Food Environmental Sampling

FDA NewsEnvironmental sampling is a qualitative technique used by the FDA to gain additional information on possible routes of product contamination and is often a preventative measure critical to stopping contamination and reducing foodborne outbreaks.

The presence of pathogenic microorganisms in the environment of a food facility can indicate poor sanitation or microbial niches.  Once established in a food processing plant, microorganisms can contaminate food contact surfaces through transfer from humans, equipment or aerosols.  It is important that food facilities that are vulnerable to microbiological contamination maintain a food processing environment that is not colonized by pathogenic microorganisms.  Niche environments may be difficult to inspect or access and therefore can protect microorganisms during routine cleaning and sanitizing.  Environmental sampling is a preventive food safety concept that contributes to awareness and thus protects public health. To learn more, check out CFSAN’s FDA-TRACK Dashboard and view the center’s environmental sampling measures.

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Preventive Controls Training for Refrigerated Food Manufacturers

Refrigerated Foods Association Technical Webcast: Preventive Controls
by Mel Drozen & Evangelia Pelonis, Keller & Heckman LLP
December 2, 2015 ♦ 2:00-3:00 pm EST

 

webcastThis webinar will help refrigerated food manufacturers understand the implications of FDA’s recently finalized rules to implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls (HARPC) for human food and revisions to good manufacturing practices (GMPs).  We will discuss HARPC implications for the food industry generally, with a special spotlight on compliance challenges and considerations for refrigerated food manufacturers.

For more information about this webcast, click here

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Who Will Provide FSMA Training for the Food Industry?

TrainingFood industry training is an important component of the successful implementation of FSMA. The Produce Safety Rule (as proposed) and the Preventive Controls rules all have training components, although they are not the same for each rule. While members of the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with the FSMA rules, the FDA recognizes the importance of its role in facilitating that training. For the agency, this means joining with public and private partners in state, federal, tribal and international governments, industry, and academia in the development and delivery of training.

FSMA Framework for Training

FSMA Framework for Training

Read the complete FDA’s Guidance: FDA’s Strategy for FSMA Training – Who Will Provide Training for the Food Industry? Public and Private Partners Working Together

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