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Sep 03, 2018

Food Safety Modernization Act

By Brad More - Quality Assurance Coordinator

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), an effort to ensure that the food that we eat is safe, was signed into law on January 4, 2011. Last year part one was initiated, and compliance with the industry standard Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) was completed. On Monday, September 17, 2018, Crystal Valley is required to comply with the second part of the FSMA which is the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls.

What has Crystal Valley done to prepare for these changes?

In the past, all four of our feed mills, have been third-party HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) certified. Although HACCP and FSMA are similar, they are not the same. It was never required by law that a company would become HACCP certified.

Crystal Valley opened up to these third-party audits as a way to verify that we were doing everything necessary to make sure we have processes in place to keep the feed we produce safe. We made a conscious decision to take a proactive approach instead of a reactive approach to these changes. The process was started back in 2012, and Crystal Valley had our first certification in March 2013. This was long before the legally required compliance dates and in the future, we plan on taking the same proactive approach to changes we will face.

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