The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major update of the United States food safety laws since 1938. FSMA gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad new powers to prevent food safety problems, detect and respond to food safety issues, and improve the safety of imported foods. The FSMA rule applies to both domestic and imported food.
The FDA has issued seven rules under FSMA—Preventive Controls for Human Food and for Animal Food, Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), Accredited Third Party Certification, Produce Safety, Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food and Intentional Adulteration for Human Food.
The two Preventive Controls rules require every facility that manufactures, processes, packs or holds human or animal food to have a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual.” This person will perform or oversee the implementation of a food safety plan and other key tasks. Both domestic facilities and foreign food processors exporting food intended for sale in the U.S. must comply with the Preventive Controls regulations. Each facility must implement a written food safety plan focused on preventing hazards in the food.
The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is a public-private partnership created to support safe food production by developing and delivering a core curriculum, conducting training, and supporting a technical assistance network and outreach programs that help the food industry comply with preventive controls regulations. FSCPA has implemented, through a network of trained lead instructors, a standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA to help the food industry comply with the requirements of the Preventive Controls rules for human and animal food, as well as the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).
Essential training offered through our alliance covers several rules issued by FDA under FSMA: