Crunch Pak takes food safety very seriously. The company provided in-house training in food safety best practices, but wanted to take that training to a higher level to keep it fresh in employees' minds and incorporate new standards. Generally, domestic and foreign food facilities that are required to register with section 415 of the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act must comply with the requirements for risk-based preventive controls mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), as well as the modernized Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs). This rule, which became final in September 2015, requires food facilities to have a food safety plan in place that includes an analysis of hazards, along with risk-based preventive controls to minimize or prevent those hazards.
The FDA created the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) to provide a training curriculum that helps small and medium-size companies comply with the FSMA. Impact Washington,part of the MEP National Network™, supports the training requirements for the FSPCA curriculum. Crunch Pak already had success working with Impact Washington on Continuous Improvement initiatives, and decided to contact them again to provide more rigorous food safety training for Crunch Pak employees.