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Food safety auditing: An industry in transition

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With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, the food industry overseen by FDA experienced the most extensive regulatory overhaul in the last 70 years.

In the years since, auditing, which is used to both evaluate whether a food safety system is appropriate and effective, and to verify whether it is in compliance with certain industry or government standards, is also in a whirlwind of transition.


For instance, in 2010, the year before FSMA was signed into law, a cut green bean processor in the U.S. would have undergone regulatory inspections as well as several customer audits, either via first-party audits performed by the customer’s staff or third-party audits conducted by an outside company.

As a condition of supplying a major retailer such as Walmart, the processor would also have been required to participate in a third-party audit for one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certifications, which is a food safety auditing platform that established a standardized level of global food safety requirements almost two decades ago.
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