The FSMA transition could be tough, if you wait till it’s here to start acting on it. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do now before the new rule is passed to make the FSMA transition as smooth as possible.
If you would like detailed information, on exactly which steps to take, there is an event in California in early April 2015 on how to develop a full plan to make the FSMA transition.
For the purposes of this article we are going to cover some of the basics. In every business where there are priorities, there are necessarily things that are not priorities. The standards for non-priorities may not be a strict as they once were. The fastest and easiest way to check on these standards is to do a quick inventory. Have your standards fallen at all in comparison to how they were supposed to be? With the FSMA rule coming, it is time to take stock of the cleanliness of your trucks, the quality of your paperwork and the training of your employees.
Wash Vendors: Are your trucks getting a quality wash? Have you decided that price was more important than quality. In light of the new rules, you may want to rethink that decision. Is a few extra savings really worth failing an inspection? Hire a wash company known for superior quality and whose washouts are USDA compliant. Quality will be even more important than it was before! Make sure you are getting your trucks washed right. Fleet Clean is a good option for trucks hauling food products because their washouts are USDA compliant.
Paperwork: A large part of the overhaul is about creating a paper trail that can prove that a shipment was handled properly, go through your old record and look for any place where there is lacking.
Training: when the law in enacted, new specific requirements will be established and released. Transporters will be required to complete the training and maintain records of having done so. But even before it is released you can ask yourself a few question to gauge how complaint you already are with the new rules: How often are employees required to go through training? Is there paperwork to prove it? How long between trainings does it take for your employees to start performing unsatisfactory work again?
After taking stock of where the standards lie now. Think of where they should be, ideally. Take small steps now to ensure that things are running as smoothly as possible. If you start making small changes now, by the time i