Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in cooperation with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH) has created the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) to develop training courses and materials on preventing contamination for both human and animal food during production. The materials to be developed by the Alliance will help industry—particulary small- and medium-size companies-- comply with the new preventive control rules.
The FDA-funded Alliance, initiated in September 2011, is composed of members from the FDA, local and state regulatory agencies, the food industry, and academia.
Alliance Support to Industry
Under the FSMA, facilities are required to develop food safety plans that evaluate food safety hazards, and identify the preventive measures to guard against those hazards. The plans must also describe how manufacturers will monitor their preventive measures to ensure they are working, and keep records of that monitoring. Manufacturers also must develop a plan of action to correct problems.
The Alliance will:
develop standardized hazard analysis and preventive controls training and distance education modules for food industry and regulatory personnel
design and deliver a state-of-the-art distance learning training portal at the IIT IFSH Moffett Campus in Bedford Park, Ill.
develop “train-the-trainer” materials and student education delivery systems
create a technical assistance network for small- and medium-sized food companies
develop commodity/industry sector-specific guidelines for preventive controls
assess knowledge gaps and research needs for further enhancement of preventive control measures
identify and prioritize the need for, and compile, critical limits for widely used preventive controls
The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance is modeled on previous alliances for seafood and fresh produce developed by the FDA and groups representing academia, industry, and government. The Seafood HACCP Alliance was created in 1994, and the Produce Safety Alliance in 2010.
Representatives from academia, industry trade and scientific associations representing human and animal food and government will join the FDA and IIT IFSH officials on the Alliance’s steering committee. The organizing committee selected members of the steering committee at its first meeting December 20-21, 2011, in Washington, D.C.