Quality Control Inspections

Food Safety Modernization Act  ~ HARPC

ARE YOU READY?

 

Quality Control Inspections (QCI) can help.  

 

Whether it's reviewing and updating your HARPC Plan, developing a Foreign Supplier Verification Program, visiting a foreign supplier facility on your behalf, ensuring the documentation for your policies and procedures is adequate or developing new policies or conducting an on-site review of your production procedures, QCI has the experience and expertise to help you get ready to meet the requirements of the new laws.    Call or email today to find out how QCI can assist you. 

 

Below is a brief summary of what the new law entails.    Please visit the links to the FDA below to read more.

President Obama has signed into law a new act that includes several changes to the United States' food safety rules. Significantly, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)  includes new rules that will apply to foreign food exporters and to importers of food products to the United States.

 

The following are the key areas of the law:

 

  • Risk Based Preventive Controls. For the first time, the FDA requires comprehensive, risk-based controls across the food supply.  Food facilities must have a written HAZARD ANALYSIS RISK-BASED PREVENTIVE CONTROL (HARPC) PLAN  written and implemented by a Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) that spells out the possible problems that could affect the safety of their products and processes.  This plan would outline steps that a food facility MUST take to prevent or significantly minimize the likelihood of those problems to ensure food safety. 

  • Employee Training   All employees that manufacture, process, pack or hold product must have training in principles of food hygiene and food safety. Supervisory personnel must have education, training or experience to supervisor production of clean and safe food.

  • Inspection and Compliance. The legislation recognizes that inspection is an important means of holding an industry accountable for its responsibility to produce safe food.  The new law specifies how often FDA should inspect food producers.  

  

  • Imported Food Safety.   The FDA has been directed to increase the frequency of inspections.  High-risk domestic facilities must receive an initial inspection within the next five years and no less than every three years after that.   During the next year, the FDA must inpsect at least 600 foreign food facilities and double the number every year for the next five years.   FDA has new tools to ensure that those imported foods meet U.S. standards and are safe for consumers. For example, for the first time, importers must verify that their foreign suppliers have adequate preventive controls in place to ensure safety. FDA will be able to accredit qualified third-party auditors to certify that foreign food facilities are complying with U.S. food safety standards. 

 

  • Response (Recalls). For the first time, FDA will have mandatory recall authority for all food products. FDA expects to invoke this authority infrequently since the food industry largely honors requests for voluntary recalls.