PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Dives into FSMA Perceptions & Next Steps

June 25, 2014

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PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Dives into FSMA Perceptions & Next Steps

Compliance requires greater traceability capabilities, advanced sanitary equipment construction and thorough training

Reston, Va.; June 25, 2014 — Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent study from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Compiled from 64 interviews with manufacturing professionals, the report details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations. PMMI has also released a corresponding infographic to accompany the study findings.

“Since 2011, FSMA has been a source of anticipation and anxiety for many food and beverage manufacturers. The legislation can impact companies differently depending on their size and vertical market,” says Paula Feldman, director, Business Intelligence, PMMI. “Our aim with this study was to shed light on industry concerns and advise manufacturers on ways they can ensure compliance.”

The study identifies the industries most affected by the anticipated rules. Fresh produce manufacturers are expected to see the greatest impact. Producers of baby food, infant formula and nutraceuticals will see little impact as they have already been subject to rigorous standards for preventative controls, traceability, and sanitary equipment design. Industries overseen by the USDA are less likely to be impacted and juice, low-acid canned foods and seafood manufacturers are exempt.

The report also expands on ways that manufacturers affected by FSMA can make strides towards compliance – whether they have one, two, three or four years to do so. These steps include reducing liability with greater traceability capabilities, evaluating equipment design for improved sanitary construction and easy cleaning, and training operators thoroughly and often.

Companies seeking solutions and insights to advance their food safety measures and learn more about what FSMA might mean to their factories can look to PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago) as a resource. The show will be North America’s leading resource for packaging and processing technologies this year. Located in the South Hall, The Food Safety Summit Resource Center (Booth #S-2962), sponsored by the Food Safety Summit and GE Intelligent Platforms, will offer information on the latest research and advances technologies to improve cleaning, allergen control and traceability. Subject matter experts will be on hand to respond to attendee questions on FSMA and related topics.

Additionally, PACK EXPO will offer free educational programming on and near the show floor with multiple Innovation Stage locations which will address the advancement of food safety initiatives.

For more information on PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Study, find a downloadable executive summary here. To register for PACK EXPO, visit packexpointernational.com.

 Food Safety Report infographic


Click the image above to see a full-size version of the infographic and to learn more about PACK EXPO International 2014.

Click here To download the Food Safety and Traceability infographic. Right click and 'save image as' to save the image.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as The PACK EXPO family of trade shows, packexpo.com, PMT Magazine, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: EXPO PACK México 2014, June 17–20 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO International 2014, Nov. 2–5 (McCormick Place, Chicago); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014; PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16–18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).

Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at PMMI.org and Packexpo.com.

 


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Kate Achelpohl
PMMI Director, Member Communications
571.612.3183
kachelpohl@pmmi.org