Is the Food Industry Ready for FSMA?

With just a few months until full compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) takes effect, the vast and complex food industry confronts a difficult management challenge: how to gear up for a raft of new regulations, standards and best industry practices while also maintaining production and avoiding food contamination outbreaks.

The Food & Drug Administration, the agency that will enforce FSMA, has spent the past five years drawing up page after page of detailed regulations covering all aspects of food manufacturing, shipping and distribution. The overall purpose of the new law is to prevent costly food recalls by enforcing strong food safety protocols in the plant, loading dock and distribution center.

Here’s a checklist for food manufacturers:



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