Tuesday, October 14 , 2014
across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines
surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent
study from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
Compiled from 64 interviews with manufacturing professionals, the report
details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment
manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.
FSMA has been a source of anticipation and anxiety for many food and beverage
manufacturers," said Paula Feldman, director, Business Intelligence, PMMI. "The legislation can impact companies differently depending on
their size and vertical market. Our aim with this study was to shed light on industry
concerns and advise manufacturers on ways they can ensure compliance.”
The study identifies
the industries most affected by the anticipated rules. Fresh produce
manufacturers are expected to see the greatest impact. Producers of baby food,
infant formula and nutraceuticals will see little impact as they have already
been subject to rigorous standards for preventative controls, traceability and
sanitary equipment design. Industries overseen by the US Department of Agriculture are less likely to
be impacted and juice, low-acid canned foods and seafood manufacturers are
The report also
expands on ways that manufacturers affected by FSMA can make strides towards
compliance—whether they have one, two, three or four years to do so. These
steps include reducing liability with greater traceability capabilities,
evaluating equipment design for improved sanitary construction and easy
cleaning, and training operators thoroughly and often.
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