Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
What is FSMA?
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) focuses on preventing food safety problems, and impacts primarily shippers, carriers, loaders and receivers. Requirements include additional driver training, written procedures, greater record-keeping retention requirements and other efforts of enforcement.
A Public Health Imperative
Foodborne illnesses are a significant challenge. Each year, over 48 million people in the United States become sick with such illnesses, with over 128,000 being hospitalized, and over 3,000 cases being fatal. These challenges are magnified among populations that have immunity deficeincies, such as infants, pregnant women, senior citizens and those with chronic or severe health challenges. Furthermore, some of these illnesses can sometimes lead to life-long chronic conditions, such as arthritis or kidney failure.
Why FSMA is Necessary
Today, over 15% of the U.S. food supply originates outside of our borders, which obviously creates greater concerns around handling and distribution prior to arriving at local retail stores. Secondly, our food supply chain processes are becoming increasingly more complex, with many new foods entering the market every day, presenting new potential challenges. And with a changing demographic, the U.S. population is viewed as being more susceptible to foodborne illnesses.
New regulations present a greater level of required inspection and compliance for businesses in the food supply chain. Specifically, new requirements include:
- Mandated inspection frequency
- Mandatory recall
- Expanded records access
- Expanded administrative detention
- Suspension of registration
- Enhanced product tracing
- Third party laboratory testing
Keep Your Cool and FSMA Compliance with Cooltrax
With Cooltrax, you have answers and solutions to these challenges and much more. Cooltrax wireless sensors deliver the real-time data you need to monitor your shipments and ensure that your products arrive fresh, safe, and at the right temperature.
Cooltrax solutions are developed with you in mind, to:
- Deliver fresher, safer products
- Reduce costs
- Minimize waste
- Provide real-time response
- Give you greater transparency
- Meet regulatory requirements
… and much more.
Contact us to learn how Cooltrax can help you with FSMA compliance.