The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) placed the responsibility for food safety squarely on food producers, with requirements that were to come into force as finalized and funded. The dates by which those requirements will take effect have now been finalized and are rapidly approaching.
Many food processors and manufacturers have wisely been preparing their operations to meet these requirements, rather than waiting for them to come into full force. Others were waiting to see whether the requirements would indeed become law or would be once again delayed, or even cancelled. Now the decision has been made, and the time for action has arrived.
This paper recommends actions that food processors should now take to meet the full requirements of the FSMA law, including reviewing the effectiveness of their existing product inspection plan and the systems that will help put it into action, and confirming their ability to provide the reporting data that FSMA requires.