Last year, in the wake of several high-profile food recalls, President Obama signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the United State’s food-safety system with the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA. This initiative is run by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is designed to protect consumers from food-borne illnesses.
FSMA is trying to create a farm-to-fork system to ensure that every player in the food supply chain works to prevent potential health threats. To that end, the Act calls for everything from giving the FDA new recall powers to mandating that facilities create plans for preventing and correcting contamination.
As a food manufacturer, Calico has to comply with this legislation. Fortunately, we've had an in-depth system of programs and procedures, including a comprehensive Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan in place for many years—well before the Act was ever envisioned. As for tracking capabilities, Steve Nagle, Calico’s Vice President of Manufacturing, says that we have a sophisticated system for tracing all ingredients and shipments in our supply chain.
Calico takes steps to ensure that our suppliers follow safe practices. We evaluate all potential vendors with an exhaustive list of written questions aimed at assessing their food-safety procedures, including whether they have an allergen control or HACCP plan. We reject those suppliers that do not measure up to our standards.
Few small manufacturing businesses like Calico have adopted such practices, which can be costly and time consuming to implement. Calico, however, wants you to know that the food you're buying is safe! It’s important that all your vendors have preventive policies and procedures in place to guard against potential health threats. With Calico, you can rest easy knowing we’re going the extra mile to make sure you and your customers stay healthy.
For the full text of the Food Safety Modernization Act, go to: