What is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?

At ILoca Services, we know how important it is for you to have the most up-to-date information regarding legislation that can affect you.  Just like you, It is important for us to comply with laws and regulations. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is one of these regulations that should be followed to keep the public safe and happy.

So, what is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?

The FSMA prevents practices during transportation that create food safety risks (such as failure to properly maintain recommended food temperature, faulty packaging and inadequate sanitation between loads). A big part of these changes includes enforcing the prevention of food cross contamination (Such as raw products coming in direct contact with precooked food or common allergens.) Documentation of records of maintenance, agreements and training certificates are required for proof of compliance. The reform adds on to the Sanitary Food Transportation Act (SFTA).
The FSMA affects those handling food shipments by leaving them responsible for proper care. The bill legally applies to Motor and Rail transport and should also be enforced by direct handlers (such as shippers, receivers, loaders and carriers of food in the U.S.)
What if you feel like these extra steps aren’t necessary to your specific job? In the circumstance that this is a concern, the SFTA allows the agency responsible for enforcing this act to waive these requirements. However, this is only if the food being transported is not at risk for contamination that would result in items unsafe for human and animal consumption- and the agency confirms this personally.
As for the timeliness of this Act, small businesses are required to comply two years after the release date, where standard or larger sized businesses would have to comply after one year. The FDA plans to develop an online course that would meet the training requirements for these rules when the time comes to enforce them.
Since our blog-writers aren’t lawyers, you’ll need to look at the legislation yourself in order to fully understand what is required of you by the law. However, we truly hope the simple overview we provided is enough for you to know where to start.
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