The numbers presented at the conference included only FDA inspections:
The time period for the completed inspections was from October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020, Since inspections were paused in March these were conducted during primarily the first 6 months of this period. The numbers are not surprising, except for FSVP, with almost 90% of the plan inspections completed. This is because the FSVP regulation allows for remote or desk inspections. The others require on-site inspections so COVID-19 had a bigger impact on these types of inspections. Many inspection violations were simply due to the facility not having a Feed Safety Plan and/or conducting the required hazard analysis.
FDA continues to respond to Mission Critical Food Safety Issues. When inspections resumed in July of 2020, FDA developed an Advisory Rating System. They look at the COVID risk in the facilities location and the location of inspectors. Although they did not provide a great deal of information on this process; they have made the unprecedented decision to give advance notice of inspections. They will call approximately 5 days in advance with scripted questions to determine the facilities readiness to safely conduct the inspection.
They are also conducting voluntary Remote Risk Assessments. If you were previously inspected on-site, you may be asked if you would like to participate in a remote assessment of your work towards resolving open issues.
The future of training
This conference was for Lead Instructors of Food Safety Training Courses provided by FSPCA (Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance). Therefore, there was much discussion on training and the opportunities FSPCA has provided to conduct remote training and the rules associated with doing so. As much as I would love to conduct zoom trainings there is much that needs to be done to gain compliance with the virtual training rules. I have consistently heard from CFD members it is very hard to get things like this done when they are in the mill. I think it would be very hard for students to comply with these new rules as well. As the vaccine has already begun to be distributed, we should be able to resume in-person training in the Spring. I will begin discussions with CFD on the criteria for an in person class.
FSPCA has announced a new format for delivery of the PCAF Course that is one way to become a Peventive Controls Qualified Individual under the Food Safety Modernization Act. This course is now available in two parts:
Part 1 is delivered on line and requires between 7 and 12 hours to complete.
Part 2 is delivered in a 1 day instructor led classroom setting
Click HERE to learn more. I have developed a few videos to explain the changes and determine if this format is right for you. If you wish you could refresh your understanding of what you learned but don’t want to take the full course again… You can take Part 1 and/OR Part 2 , depending on your needs. CFD will no longer offer the full instructor led course but it will be available elsewhere.
The first PART 2 BLENDED COURSE ON THE EAST COAST IS SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 at Cooperative Feed Dealers.
Penn State Extension will be offering a Preventive Controls for Animal Food workshop at the Penn State Extension Mercer County Office in Mercer, PA on January 29-31.
Upon completion of the entire 2.5 day course, attendees will met the requirements to be considered as a preventive controls qualified individual. Current good manufacturing practices, conducting a hazard analysis, and preventive controls for animal foods will be covered during the workshop. The audience for this workshop includes facilities that process, manufacture, pack, or hold animal feed or pet food.
It is hard to believe that 3 years has past since the rules for FSMA were finalized. But today is Monday, September 17, 2018 and this date is significant!
All food facilities must be in compliance with CGMP’s. If you or someone you know is planning on filing for an exemption based on the size of the facility it is important to understand that there is no exemption from CGMP’s.
Small business must have or be actively engaged in performing a Hazard Analysis to identify Known and Reasonably Foreseeable Hazards. They than must make a determination if they require a preventive control to mitigate those hazards to an acceptable hazard.
More free videos for training on the Sanitary Transportation of Animal Feed have been posted to the Free Training Video page.
#4 – Sanitary Transportation of Animal Feed – Target Audience is Transportation Companies hauling grains and animal food.
If your third party carriers are reluctant to haul grains and feed due to the regulation that went into effect in April this 9 minute video will tell them what they need to know. Please feel free to send them to this site for this important training.
Do you get stuck on the science behind the GMO/Organic debate? Emotions run high on this topic. This film, originally released back is 2016, has more importance with each passing day… It is very well done and is very balanced. I encourage you to watch the trailer on facebook here…
Find out where you can watch FOOD EVOLUTION today! I saw it on Hulu and you can buy it on Amazon. Well worth the time to watch and learn…
The following links to a video that demos some of the changes I have recently made to this website. The video is only 5 minutes so I hope you will watch it and spend some time reviewing the sites contents.