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Top 10 - FSMA Inspection Checklist: Are you Ready?

  • By: NEGFA
  • On: 03/30/2020 14:13:01
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Are you ready for a FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) Inspection? 
For FY2020 ( Oct. 1, 2019 - Sept. 30, 2020) FDA said it will conduct 330 HA/PC inspections for large and small-sized facilities and 180 CGMP inspections. Inspections are conducted by both state (NE Dept. of Ag) and federal inspectors.
  1. Are you ready to "tell your story"?*
  2. Do you have a designated Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI)?
  3. Do your employees know what is expected of them in the facility's written food safety plan?
  4. Are they doing it?
  5. Are your employees prepared to discuss their role in the food safety plan with an inspector?
  6. Have you documented the training of the qualified individuals in your facility?
  7. Are all the hazards for your facility and the products produced there accounted for in your facility's hazard analysis?
  8. Are you ensuring that the pre-requisite programs are implemented and adequate for the hazard addressed?
  9. Is your corporate-based food safety plan adapted to your specific facility?
  10. Do you provide scientific justification to demonstrate the metric and/or values used for preventive control is appropriate?
* The point of contact at the facility meeting with inspectors needs to be able to describe how your facility operates and explain the food safety plan. For many inspectors, it may be the first time in your type of production facility or seeing your product being manufactured. Spend some time explaining the facility and operations will help inspectors better understand your facility and product. 

It may be beneficial to include a facility overview, employee animal food safety team chart, and a process flow diagram in the animal food safety plan. These additions can help inspectors become familiar with the facility quicker.
 

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