The FSMA – Food Safety Modernization Act (law dated 4 January 2011) introduces new procedures to be implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and local authorities in terms of prevention and increased collaboration between agencies in order to identify and respond to food safety issues. (Final Ruling)
Since September 2016 all American and foreign companies required to register with the FDA producing, processing, packaging and storing food, farms carrying out secondary production-processing and packaging (fresh-cut) (primary production companies are exempt – in case they breed and/or grow, storing what has been produced (Raw Agricultural Commodities – RACs)) shall adopt “Preventive Controls for Human Food” through preventive monitoring procedures based on H.A.P.R.C. risk analysis (Hazard Analysis and Preventive Risk-Based Controls), to be incorporated in the H.A.C.C.P. Plan.
To manage these procedures, companies are required to train a Preventive Qualified Individual (PCQI) through a 2.5 days-long training program guided by a qualified Lead Instructor, certified by FSPCA – Preventive Food Safety Controls Alliance, instituted by the FDA in cooperation with academia (Illinois Institute of Technology for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH).
Each certificate will contain an identification PCQI code. The course is not mandatory, but the Qualified Individual must nevertheless prove his/her established experience in handling HARPC processes.
Importers are also involved in law amendments, and subject to the new FSVP law (Foreign supplier verification program), that assigns them the task of verifying the safety of imported food.
FDA inspectors’ findings are based on three sources: CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) – Title 21, CFR 21 application code – Chapter IX of the U.S. Code (USC), a training that allows them to interpret codes and guidelines.
Almater has recently partnered with a U.S. based company to provide additional resources for assisting Italian firms with compliance of USFDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulation. EAS Consulting Group, LLC offers a wealth of qualified consultants with extensive knowledge of FSMA. Many of these consultants spent their careers at FDA and some helped to shape the initial regulation that has evolved into what we know as FSMA today.
Food firms in Italy and other countries in Europe have access to the combined resources of EAS Consulting Group and Almater. EAS can provide first-hand knowledge of US FDA requirements in conjunction with Almater’s local food safety experts who can verify whether foreign suppliers are meeting US requirements. Working together, Almater and EAS will offer high quality assistance.
Almater furthermore, with his Lead Instructors whose experience is guaranteed by an International Food Protection Training Institute Certificate, is the right partner for the training of PCQI and the in-house H.A.C.C.P – H.A.R.P.C. plans adjustment activities.