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FDA’s Food Safety Plan Builder Software

In the demanding everyday life of a food manufacturer it can be hard to slow down and think about the safety of the products being manufactured. Everything from the ingredients that come in the door to the way the product is shipped out to the customer, all have to be monitored for safety. That is what the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is all about, making sure the ingredients, the process, and how the end product is shipped out reduces the level of risk to the consumer. The manufacturing facility has to ask, what can be done to prevent the various risks in the plant from happening and causing a recall?

A Food Safety Plan is a robust, detailed plan that is meant to anticipate and meet these challenges. A cohesive plan is based on food safety principles which include: hazard analysis, preventative controls, supply-chain programs, and a recall plan. For smaller businesses, putting a Food Safety Plan in place and maintaining that Plan can be daunting. Where do you start? Making sense of the regulatory language can be difficult, making it hard to determine what the FDA is going to be looking for if you were to receive an audit.

After some feedback from the food industry, the FDA created a free software tool, called the Food Safety Plan Builder. It is a tool designed to assist owners/operators of food facilities with the development of food safety plans that are specific to their facilities, and to assist them in meeting the requirements of the current regulations. Using this software is not required by the FDA, but facilities may find it of use as they continue to critically engage their Food Safety Plans.

Filling out all the information that the software requests can be labor intensive but with some effort and investment though, the Builder can act as a great framework to build upon.  According to Eric Edmunds, food safety director with The Acheson Group, “as with any other electronic tool, the product that you get out of it is as good as the information you put into it!”

If you are interested in using this tool here is the website:
https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm539791.htm

The bottom line is that there are no shortcuts in creating a culture of food safety. Tools like the Builder are excellent resources to engage and assist in implementing comprehensive programs, but don’t make a complete toolbox in themselves. While food law and requirements can be laborious to understand and read they are important to get right. FSMA was created so that food facilities are held responsible for every bit of food safety including the supply chain from one facility to another. The FDA wants food facilities to know that when guidelines are followed and a good a Food Safety Plan is in place they are setting themselves up for success.

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Become a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” Today!

In Nelson-Jameson’s continued commitment to provide industry professionals with the latest in food science and food safety education, we’ve partnered with Cherney Microbiological Services to offer a brand new course offering!  The upcoming “FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food” is a class that will be of special interest to those in plant operations, and will focus on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance.  As an added bonus, Nelson-Jameson customers will receive a 5% discount, simply by mentioning “Nelson Jameson” when registering!

Image courtesy Cherney Microbiological Services.

Continuing Food Safety Education through FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most extensive change to food safety laws in 70 years, shifting the industry perspective from a reactive to a proactive approach when addressing and preventing food contamination. The new regulations require specified activities to be completed by a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls.” The FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course helps support both compliance with FSMA and provides FDA-recognized training for your designated Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. This standardized course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in partnership with the FDA, and the lead instructors and course content and materials are FSPCA-approved.

The FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course is a great fit for quality directors, managers, supervisors and practitioners who will be responsible for managing his or her company’s Food Safety Plan under FSMA.  This course will be held March 29th-31st, 2016, at Cherney Microbiological Services in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The cost is $800, but be sure to mention “Nelson Jameson” while registering to receive a 5% discount!  To register, please click HERE.

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The Food Safety Modernization Act: In Small Bites

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If you have been following the development of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), from its inception, to its passage, to its implementation, it has been quite a long ride! Signed into law in 2011, there has been no shortage of discussion as to what the effects of the law will be on the food industry. What was somewhat abstract became much more immediate when two of the seven key rules were recently released. These first two, respectively pertaining to Human Food Risk Analysis and Animal Food Risk Analysis, came out in late August.

By the time this blog appears on our site, three additional rules will be set for publication. Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accreditation of Third Party Auditors rules are all set for late October.

As we have highlighted in past blogs concerning FSMA, Nelson-Jameson aims to bring together as many quality resources as possible to help our customers navigate this sweeping change in food safety law in the United States. Recently, 3M, one of our suppliers here at NJ, teamed up with The Acheson Group to provide a 15-part webinar series on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The series is free of charge and is geared toward food industry interests looking to better understand FSMA and its related standards. The monthly series will run throughout 2016. The impressive first installment, “FSMA: How Do I Comply? How To Determine Which FSMA Rules Apply To You” is available on 3M’s Healthcare Academy site. To sign up for access to the episode, or to sign up for upcoming installments of the series click here.

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Trade Show Season Wraps Up

The 2015 trade show season is coming to a close…one of our final shows is the Dairy Practices Council (DPC) Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont, November 4-6.
The focus for this year’s show is FSMA Preventative Controls with presentations on how to use environmental testing kits, ATP kits, and metal detection in fluid milk, yogurt, cheese, and other small-scale dairy product processors. Our own Fritz Buss will be a speaker and will be presenting on integrated hygiene monitoring to showcase our hygiene monitoring tools.
Our trade show display will include color-coded and metal detectable products, Petrifilm, Delvotest, allergen test kits, tank filters, tubing & hose, foggers, filter discs & tubes, chart recorders and thermometers.
Our final two shows of the year will be Midwest Food Processors Association Convention and First District Association Annual Member Meeting, both in December – hope to see you there!
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Going Worldwide in Food Safety Certification

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Source: SQF Institute

One of our top priorities is ensuring the products we transport and store are safe and meet food safety requirements. We are happy to report that Nelson-Jameson, Inc. received a score of 98% on our latest Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program Certification audit in September. More recently, last month, Sector 26 met Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking – which means the sector is now recognized and accepted worldwide.

SQF Certification is recognized by GFSI, which links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. As a distribution facility, the SQF Certification benefits are the following:

  • Compliance – The requirements in the SQF code meet and often exceed many international food safety regulatory rules, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rules.
  • Confidence SQF is a food safety system that can help protect  brands and consumers with one of the most rigorous, globally recognized programs and state of the art data management system.
  • Global Recognition – a program recognized by the GFSI and food retailers worldwide.
  • Enhanced Protection – The SQF program provides  data and information that has integrity, consistency, and provides a higher level of credibility than other schemes.
  • Quality Management – The SQF program includes a level of certification specifically focused on product quality and the maintenance of private label specifications at the manufacturing level.
  • Reduced Product Loss – The SQF systems approach to specification management will help improve operational efficiency.

Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on food safety regulations and how we are implementing policies and procedures to keep our products and consumers safe.

 

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