I subscribe to a free publication “FSN – Food Safety News” to keep as up to date as possible with Food Safety issues, incidents and recalls. This article appeared this morning…
FDA food investigations running at less than 50 percent of normal
By Dan Flynn on January 22, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration has “more than 200 food investigators” on the job “not counting support staff and supervisors” out of about 550 total professionals “when the agency is fully operational,” according to Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
In a “tweet” Monday, the FDA commissioner said he was responding to questions about staffing levels for FDA’s Office of Human and Animal Food Operations. It was one of the most detailed statements about food safety staffing that Gottlieb has made since the partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22.
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Most of the feed mills that subscribe to my posts are small facilities and not currently subject to inspections of Feed safety Plans. This article published by AFIA reminds large facilities what to inspect when FDA knocks to do a Feed Safety Plan inspection. It has valuable information you need to consider as you continue to prepare your Feed safety Plan. In the coming months you may get a CGMP inspection. Remember while the FDA is not inspecting small facility feed safety plans you are required to have one in place. I have bolder the part that i have been preaching for almost 3 years now. Please read this important information…
Continue reading “AFIA Reminds Members of Expectations for HA/PC Inspections, Clarifies Investigator Process with FDA”
Last week I attended the 2018 FSPCA Lead Instructor Conference for instructors of FSMA Food Safety Courses. As in last years conference I always learn something new. Here are some highlights for Animal Food. Just a reminder that there are two more dates to remember in terms of compliance: Continue reading “What did I learn at this years FSPCA Instructor Conference?”
1 – Inspections
This week AFIA posted the following update on inspections:
Continue reading “1 – Inspection Update 2 – CFD HAT 3 – PCQI Training”
The following update was received this week from AFIA regarding FSMA inspections. While it is difficult to get an exact count, it appears about two dozen inspections have occurred in CFD member states as of December 22, 2017. We can expect this to increase in 2018.
Continue reading “AFIA Update as CGMP Inspections Continue for Large and Small-sized Firms”
CGMP Inspections are happening! The FDA has a target of 500 inspections in FY18.
Continue reading “IMPORTANT FSMA Updates on Inspections and Industry Cooperation”
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is very active in FSMA education and outreach. They continually survey members to learn more about ongoing FSMA inspections. CFD’s membership in AFIA affords us the opportunity to share their findings. The following are excerpts of information they recently shared. I hope you find it helpful as you prepare for your facility inspection.
Continue reading “AFIA Shares what its members have learned from CGMP Inspections…”
Today is the day we have all been working towards.
- If you are a CFD member who has participated in the CFD FSMA Program you are well on your way towards this compliance (assuming you are working on implementing the program we developed).
- If you have taken the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course (taught by CFD or others) you learned that today is the day you are required to be in compliance with training (Sub-Part A) and cGMP’s (Sub-Part B). The course explained many of the things you need to do.
- BUT IF
Continue reading “Small Business FSMA Compliance date has arrived”
It has been my opinion that inspections of small businesses (less than 500 employees) would not be likely in the near term. After all FDA has their hands full with large businesses and state cooperative agreements are not yet in place. Today, AFIA sent an update and they said…
Continue reading “Inspections expected to begin next month for small businesses”