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5 Surprising Food Safety Laws to Know About

The CDC reports that every year 48 million people get sick, 128,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 people die each year from foodborne diseases.

This is a heartbreaking number especially because most foodborne illnesses are preventable. National regulatory bodies such as the FDA are in charge of regulating food manufacturing in the US and foods produced in other countries but is intended to be consumed in the US.

The most recent of these laws is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This act works to ensure food safety for humans and for animals.

Keep on reading to learn about the FSMA and make sure that your business isn't making these potentially deadly mistakes.

1. Not Participating in Recalls

It's a good business practice to keep up-to-date with food or equipment recalls. But, did you know that most food recalls you hear about are voluntary?

It makes sense from a business standpoint to comply with voluntary recalls. By doing so you protect yourself from litigation and you reduce the chances of harming someone.

Something new to understand is that under the FSMA the FDA has authority to issue mandatory recalls. So, do you business a favor, always do a recall voluntarily if necessary.

2. Not Preparing for Inspections

Facility inspections are not new to the food manufacturing world. However, under the FSMA, the FDA now has the ability to inspect more frequently and more thoroughly.

Their inspection includes not only the facilities but also any food safety plans and documents about implementing those plans. Hiring a Food Consultant is a great way to help prepare for those inspections.

A Food Consultant knows the FSMA regulations and will keep you and your facility up-to-date with current food safety guidelines. Your Food Consultant will gather all needed documentation so you pass your inspection with ease.

3. Using Questionable Suppliers

A new aspect of the FSMA is placing the responsibility for checking foreign goods on the importer. This means that you are on the hook if you use a questionable foreign supplier.

One way you can avoid sub-par imports is only working with foreign suppliers that meet the requirements of FSMA. Foreign suppliers must be able to verify that their facilities and products meet U.S. food safety standards.

Long story short, check your suppliers to make sure you don't get dinged by the FDA.

4. Only Reacting Instead of Preventing

For the first time ever, the FDA now requires certain preventative measures to be in place.

First, evaluate hazards that are associate with your food or ingredients. Then specify what controls will be in place to mitigate those hazards.

Next, monitor those controls to make sure they are being followed. Finally, list what actions the facility will take if problems arise.

Do not make the mistake of only reacting to a problem. You must actively work to prevent the problems.

5. Transporting Food in an Unsafe Way

This one should go without saying, but food needs to be transported in a safe way.

Specific areas of focus are properly refrigerating foods during transit and protecting foods during loading and unloading. Additionally, you must provide adequate cleaning of vehicles between loads.

You've labored to make sure your food meets standards in the facility. Don't accidentally compromise standards during shipping.

Apply Food Safety Laws Today

This is only the surface of the FSMA and food safety laws. Companies like Paster Training, Inc. can provide you and your employees with the necessary training to avoid costly and deadly mistakes.

Contact us today to take the first step towards a safer product.

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