In 2015, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) released the final requirements for Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems validations. The new HACCP regulations go into effect January 4 for large establishments (500+ employees), then in April for smaller (<500 employees). Will your company be ready in time to avoid non-compliance and enforcement actions?
Alchemy asked two food industry consultants to address a few questions from food industry professionals like you.
What Is FSIS?
Dr. Amit Morey: That's the Food Safety Inspection Service, which is the division of the USDA that completes the inspection in meat and poultry establishments.
What penalty will large and small food manufacturers face if they do not meet the January 4th and April 4th, 2016 deadline?
Dr. Amit Morey: The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) will begin their verification processes on the January and the April dates identified. In the event that companies have not properly validated their HACCP system, penalties are assessed depending on the severity of the non-compliance.