Joann Givens, co-chair of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Operations Team Steering Committee and director of FDA’s Food and Feed Program in the Office of Regulatory Affairs, answers questions about which standards businesses must comply with now and which ones they have more time to implement a plan of compliance.
This is the first major FSMA compliance date to come in effect. Businesses with 500 or more employees are affected by the compliance date.
“Our primary goal, not just in the first months but going forward, is to work with the food industry to create a culture of food safety, a culture of compliance with procedures, processes, and practices that we know will minimize the risk of serious illness or death,” Givens says.
Human food facilities must meet preventive controls and Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements (CGMPs); animal food facilities must meet CGMPs