Food Safety and Food Quality are receiving more attention today than ever in the history of the world. Vital to protecting the food supply are major, recent food safety and food quality measures that will bring forth the highest quality, safest products to date. If you are reading this blog you’ve likely already heard of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and are probably well aware of its sweeping implications for your food-related business. However, if not, the goal of this short article and its accompanying video is to serve as both a “heads up” and a resource pathway for getting to compliance.
In exploring this subject I had the opportunity to meet with and interview Kris Crabb, the Director of Compliance at Portco Packaging. Aside from having a solid command of all things safety and compliance related, Kris is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certified through the “Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance” (FSPCA). Kris summed things up early with the following statement:
New Rules Coming
While the video below paper goes into greater detail about FSMA and what it might mean for your business, here are a few quick bullets to pay attention to as well:
Key Implications of FSMA for Food Packaging Suppliers
Before you jump to the video below, I just wanted to touch on one other important element that I learned about in my interview with Kris Crabb. Specifically, I am talking about the regulations surrounding foreign suppliers. Many food packaging companies, Portco included, order and utilize products from outside the U.S. in their processes. A key implication of FSMA for companies supplying food packaging is while the FDA does not consider food packaging to be defined as “food,” the FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) (FSMA Section 301; FFDCA Section 805) does. Thus, there are several key factors that must be understood for these types of business:
Well, that should be enough to get your attention if this subject has flown under the radar at your company or organization. And for those of you already in compliance, “hats off!” For the rest, please enjoy the video below as well as the links throughout this post to take your awareness even higher.
Video: A Look at FSMA by Portco’s Kris Crabb
This video features Portco Packaging’s Director of Compliance, Kris Crabb, exploring some high level elements of FSMA and how they may affect your food-related business:
As noted at the tail end of the video featured above, there are several additional resources we encourage you to explore to get a more custom and complete understanding of what exactly the Food Safety Modernization Act may mean to your company. Here again are those links and best of luck in compliance!