Implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act
|James Mitchell | Product Manager, ProAct Enterprise Software and Services, Retail Solutions
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years. Its goal is to ensure that the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. I recently contributed to an article featured in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods discussing the new food safety regulations and best practices for safe food transportation. Highlights from the article are below.
FSMA has increased the responsibility on collecting and utilizing data, especially product temperature, to ensure that food remains fresh and safe from farm to table. Record keeping is a key component for FDA compliance which means supply chain partners will need to keep accurate documentation to verify the integrity of their foods. Connected solutions are a way to store and analyze data throughout the cold chain process enabling more effective operations and food quality reporting.
Food processors can do their part to ensure food safety during the transportation phase of the cold chain. Below are five best practices to leverage with these regulations in mind:
- Establish pre-cooling processes when the container is connected to the cold storage unit.
- Ensure perishable products are loaded in a manner that allows airflow in the container.
- Develop and communicate proper transport temperatures
- Integrate temperature monitoring device and placement procedures.
- Check temperature data upon receipt at the distribution center.
As food processors work to comply with FSMA, integrated controls and remote monitoring can assist in addressing potential food safety issues before products leave a processing facility.
Read the full article in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods online here.
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