FSMA Compliance—What Silva is Doing and Why it Matters

June 15th 2017 Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011, but that was really just the beginning. Compliance dates related to FSMA have already come for some companies and are quickly approaching for others … and here at Silva, we’ve already been taking many steps to ensure that we meet or exceed the requirements of FSMA.

Over the past several years, we’ve been auditing our processes with special attention to the requirements of FSMA. Here are a few of the action steps we’ve been taking lately.

  • Both our Raw Material Vendor Quality Supervisor and our Quality Assurance Director were certified as Preventative Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI) in June 2016.

  • We hired a new Quality Assurance Manager in February who is also PCQI certified.

  • In March of 2017, we hired an outside consulting firm to evaluate our Food Safety Plan and to provide input and feedback.

  • Our Raw Material Vendor Quality Supervisor attended the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) training at the Food Safety Summit in May of 2017.

  • Our Food Safety Team is currently reviewing and adjusting some of our internal programs to finalize any modifications that need to be completed by September 2017 (which is our compliance date through the FSMA program).

So why does all of this matter? What’s the point of it all? 

The goal of the FSMA is to “shift the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.” At Silva, we’ve always functioned under this same motto and produced at the highest industry standards for quality and prevention—because of our commitment to our customers.

FSMA has simply provided additional benchmarks for us to hit in our ongoing work with dehydrated vegetable, herb, and fruit ingredients. Our efforts toward FSMA compliance matters because they should only enhance the confidence you already have in the ingredients we deliver.

 We take food safety seriously because we take our partnership with our customers and your brand security seriously. That’s why we say that we deliver confidence in the process.

 To find out more about Silva’s product line or request samples, contact your Silva representative today.