The Food and Drug Administra-tion’s time-clock for enforcing the most important FSMA regulation, the “Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)” started in mid-September 2016. As I write this in early December, it appears that FDA will be training its field investigators and regional milk specialists well past the end of 2016.
The experience acquired through years of hands-on processing is at risk of being lost as plants adopt automation. While IT knows computers, production personnel’s hands-on knowledge of how equipment works contributes to food safety. The upshot? Balance the two.
The high temperature/short time pasteurization process has been a reliable workhorse in dairies for years. But there are alternative technologies that treat raw milk without heat. Some are in use in other countries.
"Are we there yet?” Many senior plant and dairy corporate leaders are wondering when the journey will end regarding full implementation of the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act.
Laboratory testing in a dairy plant is primarily divided into ingredients, in-process product, finished product, environmental testing and equipment start-up. All of these categories can be evaluated for quality and safety targets.