Are you searching for the original online PCQI food safety course for French food exports to the U.S.?
ImEPIK offers a comprehensive online course for international professionals looking to export food products to the United States. Aside from USDA-regulated meat, poultry, and processed egg producers, all food imports from France and elsewhere must comply with the requirements established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Act was signed in 2011 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent food safety problems instead of reacting to outbreaks.
Although FSMA outlines a set of specific standards, the regulatory framework around food safety is frequently in flux. As France is a member of the European Union, many products are considered harmonized products. A harmonized product has the same standards for import across all E.U. countries. Some products, however, are non-harmonized. A non-harmonized product has different standards depending on the region in which it was produced. There are also products that are entirely ineligible, including lamb and mutton, equine products, and poultry meat products.
PCQI training is an essential step toward FSMA compliance for anyone seeking to export food products from France into the U.S. One of the FSMA’s seven rules is that manufacturers must implement “current good manufacturing practice, hazard analysis, and risk-based preventative controls for human food.” This rule establishes the standard of having a staff member who is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). It is their duty to ensure food safety regulatory compliance.