Food Companies and all of their various components are going to be affected by and responding to the FSMA; this includes such diverse food activities, including food manufacturing, production, and sales from Farm-to-Fork.
ConnectFood was honored to be able to present at the Chicago Section of Institute of Food Technologists (CSIFT) February 11 Dinner meeting regarding the recent changes in the Food Modernization Safety Act (FSMA).
The importance of food companies working together was discussed to assure the safety and quality of the food chain, which is built on three pillars:
- Food availability: having sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis.
- Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet.
- Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation.
Many different tools are available that tie industry, academia and government together in an efficient and synergistic manner. The greatest challenge will be in the standardization of these tools so that companies can supply safe products in the most well-organized fashion. The food industry is one of the largest and most established in the world and we are starting to learn and share information across many different mediums. It is estimated that up to 80% of all food companies have less than fifty employees and these small to medium size companies are suppliers to some of the largest companies in the world. Therefore, establishing ‘connectivity’ between these companies is crucial as the latest changes of FSMA begin to take effect.
Ultimately, we believe that food safety is one of the facets that the food industry should not compete on. ConnectFood believes that a connected community can ensure the most innovative and economical ways in which to continue to keep our food supply safe.