I won't say my phone has been ringing off the hook, but I have been getting calls from some of my processors who know the date for compliance is quickly approaching. This week will will reprint our article of over a year ago to warn our readers again.

Small Business or Very Small Business

The FDA has had the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) on the maps since 2011. It is interesting how big this food safety issue is to the federal government as described right on their own website.

How big a problem is foodborne illness in this country?
About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a significant public health burden that is largely preventable.

This is the main objective of these new rules, but trying to understand these rules is going to be a real headache for the small to medium business that we serve. As a lot of our audience is already aware there are third party organizations like SQF that perform audit and accreditation services for the food industry. Retailers and Food Service retailers like Wegman’s, Whole Foods, WAWA, Subway, etc. have pushed these accreditations to limit their liability to the consumer.  Finally the federal government is catching up.

The good news here is the deployment of these laws will be as follows;

  • Very small businesses (averaging less than $1 million per year (adjusted for inflation) in both annual sales of human food plus the market value of human food manufactured, processed, packed, or held without sale): Three years, except for records to support its status as a very small business (January 1, 2016). 
  • Small businesses (a business with fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees): Two years. Well that deadline is creeping up.
  • All other businesses: One year

That puts a lot of our readership in the 2 year group. So if you are just thinking about it now you need to act and get ready for the laws.




 



Issue 602 - Why I won’t cook so much.

While preparing for Thanksgiving and the children, grandchildren, etc. coming over I reviewed with my wife how we can best manage the event. Previous years Mary and I would whip ourselves into a frenzy with list making, shopping, and most importantly cooking the dinner. At the point when we had everybody over and the table was set, exhaustion would settle in and it was time for my nap.  Let’s look at some of the food prep alternatives today and how we have embraced the change.

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