Survey: Most Businesses Not Ready For FSMA

by Maureen Perroni, on July 11, 2016

Screen_Shot_2016-07-08_at_2.44.37_PM.pngNo sweeping federal regulation goes into effect without some compliance difficulty. But as the FDA finalizes rules to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act, it may face more challenges bringing the industry on board than previously expected.

"The FSMA consists of seven major rules, and the last one was just finalized earlier this year."

A survey of 400 representatives from the food and beverage industry conducted by The Acheson Group, 75 percent said that their companies were not completely ready to adhere to the FSMA, even though it has been more than five years after President Obama first signed the law. Many respondents were concerned that the technology and systems they have in place will not meet all of their needs, according to a report by Food Quality News.

The FSMA consists of seven major rules, and the last one was just finalized earlier this year. These regulations govern the production, inspection, transportation and selling of food and beverages, with the overarching goal of preventing illness outbreaks and dangerous adulteration. For most affected companies, the challenge isn't that the rules themselves are overly complex - it's that their existing supply chains are. It can be difficult for firms to get a handle on where all their ingredients come from and whether they have been handled safely.

"Companies certainly need to start with who's in their supply chain and who supply them," Melanie Neumann, executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Acheson Group, told Food Safety News. "You'd be surprised to know how many managers don't know their suppliers."

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Topics:Food & Beverage