The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) launched the “FSMA Readiness Self-Assessment Program,” a unique online service designed to help frozen food facilities comply with the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) preventive controls proposed rule issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The program was designed in partnership with the Seneca Corporation, a leading provider of business process management solutions, with input from AFFI member companies. Comprehensive and easy-to-use, the program’s self-assessment tool provides facilities with readiness scores covering 11 separate operational categories and indicates where action may be needed to ensure compliance with FSMA’s proposed rule governing preventive controls.
Once completed, each facility’s self-assessment report is made immediately available to that facility’s authorized representative. The report identifies any shortcomings and provides links to specialized service providers who can assist the facility address such shortcomings through corrective measures.
The self-assessment questionnaire can be completed an unlimited number of times over a three-month period following its initialization so as to provide facilities with sufficient time to correct any identified shortcomings.
“Food safety is the highest priority of the frozen food industry,” said AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz in announcing AFFI’s newest service. “This new tool has been designed to assist frozen food facilities in their quest to comply with the complex new requirements created by FSMA, which represents the first major overhaul of U.S. food safety laws in nearly 70 years.
“This new food safety program is yet another excellent example of the exceptional service AFFI offers frozen food companies, and is a clear demonstration of AFFI’s ongoing commitment to ensuring the frozen food industry is equipped to navigate the new food safety landscape created by FSMA,” said Naasz. The tool can be accessed on AFFI’s website at a cost of $45 per facility for AFFI members and $395 per facility for non-AFFI members.