The FSMA (Food Safety Modenization Act) Law requires that the responsibility to maintain clean installations and their safe food for consumption remain among the administrators.
One thing that does not change under the regulations of the new FSMA Law is the responsibility of administrators to keep their facilities clean and safe food for consumption.
“What has changed is the manner in which that had been done,” said Robert Brackett, Ph.D., vice president and director of the Institute for Food Security and Health at the Illinois Institute of Technology. “First of all, there is a need for documentation of the food safety programs, but secondly, it will be to pay attention to the culture of food security within the facility “.
In other words, to comply with the rules of food security is a real priority, which extends from the top through personal manager of food and fixed-line operators, or is it just words? The FSMA rules explain it clearly.
“The executive of the site or administrator shall be ultimately responsible for the analysis of risks and the risk-based preventive controls , and the rule requires this person to sign these documents referred to as the food security plans of the company,” said Cornelius Hugo, manager, global innovation, in AIB International. “F.S.M.A. regulations place the responsibility of the food safety requirements of the day-to-day full in the head of work and supervisors,” he added.
The law has teeth, too. It gives the Food and Drug Administration new legal authority to carry out criminal proceedings against managers and administrators who have neglected the food security problems in their plants. To date, non-compliance with the FDA norms have carried out 14 criminal cases. Recently, the agency successfully prosecuted executives and managers of Peanut Corp. of America for allowing peanut butter contaminated with pathogens to enter the market. These people received long prison sentences. That is a lesson that everybody should know.
Article by Laurie Gorton.