Although a much calmer and efficient route can be taken to achieve consumer protection, regulators and corporate customers have elected to take a route with unavoidable turbulence. They are sticking with the current methods of policing food safety.
Heard about the person whose house caught fire and they set up a fan "to blow the flames out"?
The Coming FSMA Fee Bite:
Food businesses of all sizes must brace themselves as they approach the intensifying turbulence ahead. With the U.S. FSMA, the Canadian Safe Food for Canadian Act (SFCA), and similar new food safety rules in other jurisdictions, confusion expands and the pressure is mounting for food businesses everywhere. Meanwhile, customers are increasingly demanding food safety certification by outside parties. With all of these demands and developments, suppliers must adapt their systems to meet expanding expectations (even the unreasonable ones) while fully absorbing the costs of implementing various programs plus inspection/audit fees. If you have not already done so, this is the time to lay solid foundations and implement strategies that will enable your business to withstand the approaching compliance turbulence.
The wind is picking up. The U.S. FDA under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency under the new Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) do not accept third party food safety certifications as equivalent compliance. In other words, a food business cannot be certified to a third party food safety scheme and expect to have met regulatory requirements without further regulatory scrutiny. The regulators are essentially saying that a food business may certify to whichever scheme it wishes, that does not preclude regulatory scrutiny according to established regulatory requirements. The obvious implication is that operations wishing to certify have to simultaneously ensure compliance to third party schemes as well as to regulatory requirements.
Keep in mind that beyond compliance, there can be another cause of uncomfortable or even deadly turbulence. This has to do with actual product failures. Such failures tend to readily and disastrously clip the wings of a company's business jet.
Start the ascent now if you wish to rise above the turbulent clouds.
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