What is FSMA and is Nobis Agri Science compliant?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011, and provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with sweeping new authorities and requirements. The law was a bi-partisan supported bill backed by the food and feed industries. It authorizes FDA to promulgate new rules for preventive controls, develop performance standards, create new administrative detention rules, and provides authority for mandatory recall of adulterated products.

The requirements for animal food manufacturing are now held to the same standard as those of human food production. With this new prevention based system the FDA expects to see reductions in the risk of serious illness and death to animals as hazards are controlled.

The higher standards that companies must now meet means that compliance is going to be a much more timely and cost focused procedure than it ever has been before. Without a doubt, the repercussions of compliance to the FSMA Preventative Controls for Animal Food rule are going to have significant effects throughout the entire supply chain and increase costs for everyone.

Not only might businesses need to re-conceptualize their production processes and facilities, they will have an extraordinary mountain of paperwork under which to do it. The added costs, time pressures, and volume of understanding required to comply effectively increase the stakes for each business.

Nobis Agri Science has tracked the Food Safety Modernization Act since its beginning. Since we are a licensed medicated feed mill, we have already been adhering to the Good Manufacturing Practices set forth by the FDA. However, we have been fine-tuning our operating procedures and we have amped-up our training for employees.

As for the new requirements, such as a hazard analysis and preventative controls, we are continually working through what reasonably foreseeable hazards are present or not present here at our facility. Luckily for us, we only receive high quality ingredients from approved suppliers. This in itself will limit the amount of hazards coming into our facility. We also have a certified Preventative Controls Qualified Individual who is responsible for the facility's Food Safety Plan and development and application of risk-based preventive controls.

We have tracked FSMA since its beginning and it has never been more important for us to stay ahead of the curve. Food safety has always been a priority here at Nobis Agri Science and will continue to be going forward. We are constantly looking at what hazards are associated with the ingredients that we purchase and our processing steps here at the facility. We are being proactive, not reactive.