Food Safety Modernization Act Complaince Communication
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 and the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 require compliance criteria for ingredients (raw materials) used in food production. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is the governing body for implementation of rules.
The seven foundational rules disseminated by the FDA became final in 2016 and are required for 2017 and beyond. All food grade products whether manufactured domestically or abroad are subject to these FSMA requirements.
- Preventive Controls for Human Food: Requires that food facilities have safety plans that set forth how they will identify and minimize hazards.
- Preventive Controls for Animal Food: Establishes Current Good Manufacturing Practices and preventive controls for food for animals.
- Produce Safety: Establishes science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms.
- Foreign Supplier Verification Program: Importers will be required to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that provides the same level of public health protection as that required of U.S. food producers.
- Third Party Certification: Establishes a program for the accreditation of third-party auditors to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign facilities producing food for humans or animals.
- Sanitary Transportation: Requires those who transport food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of food.
- Intentional Adulteration: Requires domestic and foreign facilities to address vulnerable processes in their operations to prevent acts intended to cause large-scale public harm.
Mississippi Lime remains fully committed to our VitaCal food grade business and has spent significant effort, operating expenses and capital to go beyond the requirements of the Food Chemicals Codex 9th Edition in order to proactively meet or exceed the FDA’s FSMA requirements.