Are you prepared for a FSMA audit workshop speakers
Congress enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to modernize food safety laws and regulations by mandating science-based standards and controls; provide FDA with greater authority to prevent and address food safety hazards by taking steps to prevent them from occurring; strengthen FDA’s inspection and enforcement powers; and improve coordination among federal, state and foreign food safety agencies.
7 major FSMA rules
FSMA’s seven major rules ensure the safety of the food supply is a shared responsibility among many different points in the global supply chain for both human and animal food. The rules are designed to make clear specific actions that must be taken at each of these points to prevent contamination.
Compliance dates varied on the size of business; however, by November 2018, FSMA rules were applicable to most food and beverage makers.
FSMA enforcement actions
Failing a FSMA audit can result in a number of FDA enforcement actions including legal action.
Warning letter recipients typically have 15 days to respond to FDA’s letter with specific steps to correct problems.
New recall authority
FDA now has mandatory recall authority over potentially hazardous foods; however, it must give the manufacturer the opportunity to issue a voluntary recall.
Repercussions of noncompliance
Noncompliance can result in warning letters, injunctions, civil fines, seizures and even felony convictions.
Dos and don’ts of an audit
Don’t argue with the inspector over a failed FSMA audit. Remedy the problems as soon as possible and keep good records.
Increased scrutiny for claims
Food and beverage makers must ensure labeling and claims are accurate and have documentation supporting course claims.