Solutions for FDA Required Food Safety Preventive Controls & GFSI standards
As of August 2016, federal regulations require companies that manufacture, sell, or distribute food to implement controls to ensure the safety of these products for human and animal consumption. Nearly every company that handles or produces food must comply with the regulation unless your company is involved with seafood, juice products, low acid canned foods, or you involved with meat & poultry products. The new regulation is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 that is now final. The regulation requires certain activities involved with selling or distributing food to be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual (s)”. These individuals are those that have “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls at least equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA or be otherwise qualified through experience to develop and apply a food safety system”. Because of shift requirements, multiple manufacturing lines, and verification activities required under the new law, it is likely that more than on preventive controls qualified individual will be required at each facility. In addition, facilities impacted by the new FSMA are required to see that additional individuals at the facility also meet the requirements of a “qualified individual”. This is a separate and distinct requirement from the preventive controls individual, and applies to most or nearly all of employee engaged in handling and processing activities that can impact food safety. A “qualified individual” is a person who often reports directly or indirectly to a preventive controls individual. Such qualified individuals must have the education or experience to manufacture, process, pack or hold clean and safe food as appropriate to the individual assigned duties. . Our preventive controls workshop and our qualified individual workshops are recognized as providing the required FDA training, and our trainer is has been certified to conduct such training beginning in 2015. The preventive controls workshop is 2.5 days in length as necessitated by the recognized curriculum. We have scheduled public workshops in 2016 for preventive controls qualified individuals but are also offering on-site training when facilities require more than one person due to multiple operating shifts or other manufacturing reasons. The qualified individual workshop is 1.5 days in length and if offered on-site to individual food companies because usually several individuals may require such training. American Food Safety Services is a recognized and certified training center to offer the recognized preventive controls and qualified individual FDA training curriculum. Please feel free to call Cathy at 908-295-1691.