The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 has been a transformative legislation in the field of food safety. Among its provisions is FSMA 204, which focuses on specific requirements for enhancing the safety of the food supply chain. In this article, we will explore the key elements of FSMA 204 and how solutions like SGS Digicomply can support compliance and facilitate the adoption of modernized food safety practices.
- Preventive Controls:
FSMA 204 emphasizes the implementation of preventive controls throughout the food supply chain. It requires food facilities to establish and implement risk-based preventive control measures to identify and mitigate hazards that may affect food safety. These controls encompass areas such as sanitation, allergen management, supplier verification, and recall procedures.
- Supplier Verification:
FSMA 204 places significant importance on supplier verification activities. Food facilities are required to have risk-based programs in place to verify that their raw material suppliers meet applicable food safety standards. This includes conducting audits, testing, and other verification activities to ensure the safety and integrity of the ingredients used in food production.
- Records and Documentation:
Comprehensive record-keeping and documentation are essential components of FSMA 204. Food facilities must maintain accurate and accessible records related to their food safety plans, preventive controls, monitoring activities, corrective actions, and verification processes. These records enable traceability, facilitate inspections, and support compliance with FSMA requirements.
- Regulatory Compliance:
FSMA 204 emphasizes the importance of regulatory compliance in the food industry. Food facilities are required to demonstrate adherence to the preventive control requirements through regular inspections, audits, and compliance assessments. Compliance with FSMA regulations not only ensures food safety but also promotes consumer confidence in the food supply chain.
FSMA 204 has significantly influenced the modernization of food safety practices, placing a strong emphasis on preventive controls, supplier verification, and regulatory compliance. To support compliance efforts and facilitate the adoption of modernized food safety practices, organizations can leverage advanced solutions like SGS Digicomply.
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