ImEPIK offers a comprehensive online course for international audiences and Germans looking to export food products to the United States. Except for USDA-regulated meat, poultry, and processed egg producers, 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 with the intent to shift the focus to preventing food safety problems instead of reacting to outbreaks.
Though FSMA establishes a set of specific standards, it doesn’t stand in the way of trade patterns between the U.S. and Germany. In 2019 alone, the U.S. imported $129.9 billion worth of German goods. However, there are some food products that cannot be imported. These include lamb and mutton, equine products, poultry meat products, and products that are non-harmonized (outside of uniform E.U. import requirements).
One of FSMA’s seven rules asks that manufacturers 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 to ensure food safety regulatory compliance for food manufacturing facilities. The savvy way to meet this requirement of FSMA is to take a comprehensive PCQI course that teaches you the skills and expertise you need.