The FSMA is regulated by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and was signed into law in 2011 by former President Barack Obama. The regulations are being phased in from 2017 through 2022, and apply to food meant for human or animal consumption that is manufactured, processed, packed, or held without sale, including imported food.
FSMA and they address a changing global food environment in the United States:
- 15% of the US food supply is imported
- There are more food types and varieties in the marketplace than ever before
- New hazards in foods not previously seen are emerging
- A growing population (currently about 30%) are especially “at risk” for foodborne illnesses
CTI’s High Pressure Processing Verification Technology was introduced in 2017 as a tool for companies required by FSMA regulations to provide monitoring and verification of the safety of food. CTI’s HPP ink technology provides an easy-to-use, affordable tool (fractions of a cent per package) to audit whether or not packages have been subjected to high pressure processing or severe heat abuse during transportation or storage.
CTI’s HPP Indicator ink can be printed directly on the package and color appears when the package has been subjected to 50,000 psi or greater. Traditional HPP machines deliver 87,000 psi for three minutes, so the HPP indicator identifies any packages that have bypassed the machine and serves as a high correlation to process completion.
CTI’s ink technology for HPP also contains anti-counterfeiting features to ensure a dishonest person hasn’t just simply printed an ink overlay on their packaging claiming an HPP indicator. CTI’s new process provides an easy visual confirmation of successful HPP.
In addition to HPP verification, the HPP indicator also detects severe heat exposure above 90° F. The combination of HPP verification and a transportation sensor for heat add a new level of security for food safety.
“The FDA is requiring small and mid-sized companies with under 500 employees to have an FSMA Food Safety plan in place by October 2017,” explains Jeffrey Barach, Ph.D., of Barach Enterprises LLC. “As part of a good FSMA plan, companies will need to demonstrate process prevention controls are monitored and to verify safety steps. An on-pack HPP indicator, such as the HPP-heat indicator provided by CTI, helps satisfy those requirements.
“Additionally, this new technology will assist with a company’s ability to provide records to manage recalls and identifying corrective actions if there’s a breakdown in the HPP supply chain,” Barach continues.
CTI’s HPP Verification technology is used on food products such as meats, vegetables, juices, cheeses, hummus, guacamole, various sauces and much more.