Tue, 10/25/2016 – 9:15am
By Jack Payne, VP, Product Management & Solutions Consulting, Aptean
Seven rules have been issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the compliance dates for the Preventive Controls for Human Food guideline has passed. FSMA requires that a written record be kept of the entire Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) plan. These records must be maintained for no less than two years, and evaluated whenever there is a significant change at the facility that might increase a known hazard or introduce a new one, or every three years if no significant changes occur.
Most companies have identified what needs to be done in order to comply, but for many the challenge of documenting those efforts remains. Typically there is no consistent format or approach for records maintenance, and too often key information on the same topic or issue is different at different locations. Information should be easily accessible and usable across the organization to identify trends and serve as a reminder to follow up on corrective actions and/or audits.
Three key points are the focus for FSMA documentation: the supplier, the facility, and the shipper. Find the rest of this must-read article by clicking the link below: