The New FDA Mandates Are Creating Impact on the Food and Packaging Industry

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AudioEducator is conducting an audio session with nationally renowned speaker Shawn K. Stevens to throw light on FDA’s real expectations with respect to packaging suppliers under FSMA on Thursday, May 14.

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Safe food packaging, safe consumers and continued brand integrity literally depend upon gathering better information about FDA compliance and having the expertise to evaluate this information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have put extensive food contact regulations that are important to ensure the safety of food that is packaged and consumed. Consequently, compliance with the regulations is a key element for companies converting and utilizing simple formats or complex structure for food packaging. Having the knowledge of the regulatory nuances and protocols will help companies make the best decisions about food packaging.

Although FDA regulations might seem complex and burdensome, proceeding without careful considerations can cause serious harm to the food industry as well as the consumers. Contamination of food can lead to lawsuits, negative publicity, and damage the brand reputation. Improperly handling of FDA regulations may also lead to resubmission of recalled materials for regulatory approval. This time-consuming process could result in loss of millions of dollars due to compliance costs, destroyed materials and lost sales while the final packaged product is off the shelves.

The packaging industry has experienced rapid growth over the years. Technology and innovation has led to more new materials being used, complex multilayer packaging formats, and more stringent FDA regulations. Because of increased competition, the brand owners and converters are challenged with advanced applications in much tighter timeframes and at reduced cost while still remaining compliant to the regulations.

FDA Food Packaging Regulations

For converters and food packagers, it’s important to first establish which regulations apply to their applications and how they must comply. When working on demanding food packaging applications, the food ingredients and processing temperatures involved may lead to a greater likelihood of chemical extraction and migration, making compliance more difficult. This is why comprehending the effect of manufacturing and use conditions is of the utmost importance, and why the FDA has established regulations, with even more rigorous requirements for high temperature applications.

With the arrival of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)*, the Congress has tasked FDA with the huge responsibility of substantially improving the overall safety of our national food supply. To achieve this goal, the new law imposes significant new legal and regulatory requirements on the food industry, and gives FDA a wide-range of incredible new powers and authority to enforce the new standards. As the FDA begins using those new powers, food packaging companies will face increasing scrutiny and regulatory exposure.

Industry expert Shawn K. Stevens— who is the founding member of Food Industry Counsel, LLC, the only law firm in the nation that represents the food industry exclusively—will throw light on how the new FDA mandates will directly impact the food and packaging industry, and what one can do now to prepare, in an information packed audio session on behalf of AudioEducator.com.

Here’s a sneak peek of the session:

  • New FSMA regulations which will likely apply to food packaging suppliers
  • The FDA’s real expectations with respect to packaging suppliers under FSMA
  • Steps that food packaging suppliers should be taking today to achieve compliance with the new FSMA requirements and FDA expectations
  • Key steps food companies should be taking today to ensure that their packing suppliers remain in compliance with the new FSMA requirements and FDA expectation
  • Often overlooked food safety hazards relating to food packaging
  • How to assess food packaging operations to ensure continued FSMA compliance
  • How to develop and implement a packaging supplier verification program as part of your written food safety plan

For more information, http://www.audioeducator.com/food-safety/where-food-packaging-and-fda-regulations-collide-05-14-2015.html

AudioEducator, the country’s leading source of business-enhancing information, has been providing knowledge and training to healthcare professionals on trending industry topics for more than a decade. With an esteemed panel of industry experts, it helps professionals get information directly from the veterans and get their queries answered directly. AudioEducator specializes in audio conferences, training webinars, transcripts, DVDs on a wide array of healthcare topics like medical coding, billing, HIPAA compliance, food safety, rehab, pharma & biotech, and more.

For more information, check http://www.audioeducator.com/

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