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Amit Kheradia
Amit Kheradia
Education and Technical Support Manager

Envisioning 2022 Food Safety and Sanitation Expectations

We began 2022 with a renewed hope for better health, safety, and progress for all. Food safety management across our global supply chain, from farm to fork, is a priority that cannot be ignored as a large piece of that hope. Last year, as we celebrated 10 years of U.S. FSMA in the thick of a continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we saw sesame recognized as the 9th Top Allergen in the U.S. and a major nationwide recall of imported fresh onions towards the last quarter.

This year, we should expect to see some more food safety and sanitation-related progress in the U.S. and global food supply arenas, especially within the following areas:

  1. Greater Emphasis on Data Analytics and Information Sharing: Risk-based food safety decisions across food sectors will become more data-driven and based on real-time. More importantly, FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety (1) approach has recently been initiated by stakeholders – this collaborative platform intends to leverage innovative technology and newer processes to help create a safer, more digital, and traceable food safety system.
  • Better Innovative Controls through Continuous Collaboration: Besides having a science-based research and policy on Salmonella reduction (2) in FSIS-regulated products, there will be an increased drive towards implementing modernized controls and newer technologies for reducing pathogens, especially in raw meat and poultry products.
  • Moving Ahead with an All-Inclusive One Health Vision: To get to the root source of food contamination, food safety and sanitation expectations will have to increasingly function under a multisectoral, One Health framework. (3) These efforts should work seamlessly at local, regional, national, and global levels with the goal of sustaining a positive public health outcome by recognizing the interconnectedness between people, animals, plants, and their shared ecosystems.

In the world of food safety standards and regulations, the following developments are expected:

  • British Retail Consortium Global Standards (BRCGS) Food Safety Standard Issue 9 is expected to be published around August 2022, and audits to the newer version are expected to start from February 1, 2023. Stay updated with recent changes through the BRCGS website. (4)
  • For those in the Produce Sector, listed below are all the FSMA Rule Requirement compliance date deadlines. (5)
FSMA Rule Requirement Compliance Date Deadline
Produce Safety Regulation – Very Small Farms, Remaining water requirements for Other Produce January 26, 2022
Produce Safety Regulation – Large Farms, Non-sprout agricultural water requirements January 26, 2022
Produce Safety Regulation – Small Farms, Non-sprout agricultural water requirements January 26, 2023
Produce Safety Regulation – Very Small Farms, Non-sprout agricultural water requirements January 26, 2024

 

The Produce Safety requirements are important especially when numerous recent food-illness outbreaks have been sourced to pathogen cross-contamination at the farms. For updated information on FSMA Compliance Dates, visit the FDA’s website.

Remco, as a supplier of color-coded, high-quality, and durable cleaning, hygiene, and material handling equipment, is here to assist our customers with their site’s food safety and sanitation expectations. For more information, contact us.

References:

  1. New Era of Smarter Food Safety | FDA
  2. USDA Releases Roadmap to Address Salmonella | Food Safety and Inspection Service
  3. One Health | CDC
  4. Issue 9 Revision | BRCGS
  5. FSMA Compliance Dates | FDA
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