ImEPIK offers a comprehensive virtual online training program for those who are seeking to export their products to the United States from China. The regulatory landscape of food safety is continually evolving, and it can be hard to keep up with these rapid changes.
All food producers seeking to export to the United States must comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued FSMA to create a proactive approach that shifts the focus to preventing food safety problems instead of reacting to outbreaks. However, USDA-regulated meat, poultry, and processed egg producers are the exception to this rule, as they adhere to USDA inspections and guidelines.
One of the FSMA’s seven rules is that manufacturers must employ “current good manufacturing practice, hazard analysis, and risk-based preventative controls for human food.” Under the umbrella of this rule is the standard of having a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) on staff for all food manufacturers to ensure food safety regulatory compliance. The most effective way to obtain this knowledge to meet FSMA requirements is by completing a PCQI course that teaches you both the skills and expertise you need.
The United States imports a significant amount of fruits, vegetables, and fish from China. The FDA has specific safety measures for seafood, including thorough inspection of imported food products and processing facilities.