In a recent study of leading food and beverage industry executives conducted by the global financial and consulting firm Deloitte, respondents were asked what were the key issues driving the industry forward. The main issue was health/nutrition (79%) and finishing in a tie for third was regulation (54%).
What do these two issues have in common? The bond that ties them together is that health and nutrition are achieved in good measure due to the regulations set in place to ensure the food we eat is safe and nutritious.
There are literally thousands of regulations the estimated 31,000 food processing facilities in the United States must strictly adhere to on a daily basis. With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the food industry is now preparing for significant changes in the way it does business when it comes to food safety.
The FSMA, signed into law in January 2011, is administered by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and is intended to improve overall food safety levels, lower the number of product recalls, reduce the number of foodborne illnesses, and improve safety standards on imported food.
Food facilities have long been required to register with the FDA and the agency recently started accepting registrations from food facilities under the new FSMA guidelines. The goal of the registration process is to make sure the agency has accurate data for each facility, including expanded food categories, if the need for emergency communication is required.
The FSMA also significantly expands the FDA’s ability to issue mandatory recalls of suspected tainted food products – an enforcement tool the agency did not possess previously. In 2011, there was a 52 percent increase in recalls vs. 2010, a sign the agency is being more cautious when it comes to recalling potentially dangerous food.
What does this mean for Sprague Pest Solutions’ food industry clients? It means the sanitation audits for food processing, handling and storage facilities will play a more vital role in limiting risk, improving product quality, and operating within more stringent regulatory guidelines.
Poor sanitation in a food plant can lead to infestations of annoying and harmful pests including rodents, flies, birds, cockroaches and stored product pests. These pests can spoil processed food and the raw commodities used to make them, and if left unchecked can contaminate food with dangerous food-borne bacteria including E. coli and salmonella.
The experts at Sprague Pest Solutions conduct hundreds of food plant pest inspections each year and have developed comprehensive, proven protocols to help clients pass their audits. Our expert Service Specialists know where to look for harmful pests, and will provide clients with a highly detailed report that includes specific action items and recommendations.
The Sprague Pest Experts do not take a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach to food plant service. Our services are customized to the clients’ needs and are a result of thorough inspections and a collaborative process aimed at assisting the client to meet the required audit standards.
Our clients can also be assured Sprague Pest Solutions is up-to-date on the latest regulations, have the gone through extensive training, and are able to guide them through what seems to be a never-ending maze of regulatory dos and don’ts.
Sprague is always available to answer your question regarding food industry audits. Feel free to send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments or questions. We’ll be happy to get back with you with an answer.
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