2013 FISA Annual Conference Features Seminar by CFSRS Allen Sayler
The 2013 FISA Annual Conference took place last month from September 14 to 17 in Savannah, Georgia. FISA was formed more than 50 years ago by a group of independent distributors and manufacturers seeking to improve distribution in high purity and sanitary processing industries
The conference featured a seminar by Allen Sayler, Managing Partner for the Center for Food Safety and Regulatory Solutions (CFSRS), that addressed key issues facing the industry and how to minimize and prevent hazards. Included in his discussion were issues of Hard to Clean equipment, which can have a serious impact on food safety.
Sayler’s comments are especially relevant considering the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA), which aims to reduce risks from potential food sources and processes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of every six people in the U.S are hospitalized every year due to food-borne illnesses and approximately 3,000 die.
"The thoughtful approach that FISA and it's members are taking to be proactively knowledgeable on this key topic along with services provided by CFSRS and others, will be essential to navigate and generate value from these food safety legislative changes," says Wallace Wittkoff, Director Global Hygienic Segment for Pump Solutions Group (PSG).
PSG, an operating company within Dover Corporation and a leading manufacturer of hygienic pump technologies, was a participant and sponsor of the FISA 2013.
Key points from Sayler’s seminar included:
- Food Safety Plan: Documentation of all essential elements, validated procedures, and process controls for traceability and record-keeping.
- Timeline: Comment period up to November 2014 and enforcement to start from October 2015 to 2017, depending on the size of the processor.
- Litigation: Implementation (legislated or self-regulated) of portions of the plan could be forced sooner than anticipated.
- Cleanability & Prevention: The key focus for equipment manufacturers is to minimize risk of cross contamination.
Source: PSG Dover