Guide to Food Safety Certification for Packinghouses
Food Safety Then and Now
Let’s face it, the U.S. food safety market is a very confusing place at the moment. Previously, packinghouses were obtaining food safety certification on site due to the demand of their buyers. Distributors and retailers began to ask packinghouses for some sort of G.M.P. (Good Manufacturing Practices) certification to ensure consumer safety. In the U.S. there are multiple food safety standards and many auditing agencies to choose from. Packinghouses are left feeling confused and unsure how to proceed. Which food safety standard do I choose? Which auditing agency do I work with? How do I prepare for an audit?
Now, there is an added element to the food safety world- FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). Packinghouses are now faced with FSMA mandated regulations with deadlines closely approaching. The leading food safety standards in the U.S. are working hard to ensure that their standards are compliant to FSMA. In the meantime, however, we can offer some guidance.