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Gain for all in the food supply chain

We support the international food companies and their suppliers to comply with food safety regulations so that they can continue and expand their business.

Are you prepared for new requirements for entry and continued access to the US market?

The United States of America Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) has been implemented as a means to better protect public health. It adopts a modern, preventive, risk-based approach to food safety regulation. A key component for successful compliance is a food safety plan which is written and prepared by a “preventive controls qualified individual” (PCQI). Let Lucrima’s qualified team of trainers prepare your company for FSMA compliance and ensure your continued access to the U.S. market.
Learn more with our FSMA Explained online course.

FAQ

FSMA stands for FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The act is supported by seven rules and some guidance documents. The titles of the seven rules are:

  • Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food – the PC (preventive controls) for human food rule

  • Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals - the PC (preventive controls) for animal food rule

  • Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption – the Produce safety rule

  •  Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals – the FSVP rule

  •  Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications – the Third party accreditation rule

  • Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

  • Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration – the Intentional Adulteration rule

Yes, if you intend to export food to USA. There are some exceptions which apply, related to your company size, the type of food your export and the level of the recognition of your country’s food safety system.

It is your customer, based in the USA. The importers are obliged to apply the so called Foreign Supplier Verification Program over their supplier, hence over you.

It is necessary but definitely not a sufficient condition. To comply with FSMA you need to have established a food safety management system. This system should be verified by your US based partner (the importer or the agent). As long the importer must comply with the US food related laws, they have to be confident that the food they import from you will not jeopardize their business.

Importers (your customers) will be required to conduct certain risk-based activities on your business, to verify that the food imported into the United States (supplied by you) has been produced in a manner that provides the same level of safety as that required of domestic food processors and produce farms.

Each facility covered by FSMA, must prepare a written food safety plan as a part of their food safety management system. The person (or persons), whose duty it is to prepare and implement or at least to oversee the preparation and implementation of the food safety plan is the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). A PCQI is someone who has successfully completed FDA recognized training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system.

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