The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires that food and beverage companies take a more proactive approach to food safety. This is a shift from the more reactive approach that food and beverage companies have historically followed. With FSMA in place, companies must identify risks, create procedures for mitigating hazards, and execute against those procedures to ensure all threats to the safety of the food supply chain are contained, as well as demonstrate that their programs are valid and that they are continually being improved upon.
FSMA requires written, documented compliance from food and beverage companies that includes:
- Hazard analysis;
- Preventive controls;
- Foreign supplier verification program;
- Corrective action procedures;
- Sanitary transportation;
- Recall plan.