The Food and Drug Administration has issued a partial guidance report on preventive controls for human food — a key section of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
The report is FDA’s “current thinking” on the requirement of food manufacturers to conduct a thorough hazard analysis, from which a comprehensive Food Safety Plan then must be prepared. Specifically, the guidance report issued involves actions manufacturers should take to implement risk-based preventive controls for human food (PCHF). The guidance is intended to help manufacturers comply with the following specific PCHF requirements in the new food safety law:
A written food safety plan (FSP);
This guidance covers the first five chapters of what will be a total of 14 chapters covering all aspects of FSMA. The remaining chapters will be rolled out periodically.
The FDA issues guidance reports on a regular basis to enable interested parties to comment, suggest and request changes to regulations. The agency refers to this guidance as its “current thinking” on the subject, not its final regulations. To download the initial PCHF guidance, go the FDA’s website.