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Food Safety supplement 2014

Issue 1 2014, Supplements  •  6 March 2014  •  François Bourdichon, Lilia M. Santiago-Connolly, Raghu Ramaswamy

Barry Callebaut’s François Bourdichon looks at Listeria monocytogenes and what we’ve learned from the last 30 years, while Lilia M. Santiago-Connolly and Raghu Ramaswamy from Heinz look at the need for risk assessment and validation in frozen food manufacturing…

The Food Safety Modernisation Act: A food manufacturer’s perspective

Issue 2 2012  •  7 May 2012  •  Lilia M. Santiago-Connolly, Senior Manager Food Safety, Heinz North America and Kurt E. Deibel, Chief Quality Officer, Heinz North America

Food manufacturers in the US regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are preparing for forthcoming challenges related to the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) which was signed into law by President Obama on 4 January 2011. The globalisation of the food supply, the aging population and an improved understanding of the food safety paradigm through better surveillance are some of the major reasons this act was needed. In general, the food industry is very supportive of this law and is working collaboratively with the Agency to develop regulations that focus on risk prevention.

FSMA is focused on four key themes: Prevention; Inspection; Compliance and Response; Import Safety and Enhanced Partnerships.

Prevention is focused on identifying known food safety hazards through the supply chain from growing, harvesting, processing, distribu – tion and finally consumption. The complexities of a global supply chain with diverse processing, products and go to market strategies makes this initiative complex. The FDA has written a detailed proposed rule on Preventive Control and at the time of the completion of this article, the rule was not available for review. The proposed rule should require food manufacturers to establish a comprehensive sciencebased food safety plan that includes the evaluation and identification of known or reasonably foreseeable hazards, monitoring the effectiveness of the identified preventive controls, and a plan in place for verification and corrective actions to prevent recurrence of any failures.