The first order of business for any organization is acknowledging the need to implement and comply with the act. Also, taking inventory of how the company stacks up at the present time is paramount to understanding what needs to be improved in order to become FSMA compliant. Often, companies are already in compliance with other food safety programs such as HACCP, with the FSMA being a “catch-all” for all programs under the food safety umbrella.
The commitment from senior management must be apparent. First and foremost, there needs to be an amount of resources allocated for the incorporation of FSMA compliance. That means the necessary funding, employees, communication and general awareness. Once it is abundantly clear that management is committed to food safety efforts, they facilitate that commitment throughout the rest of the company. When management is 100 percent in support of necessary FSMA initiatives, the ball is rolling in the right direction.