Food safety is critical in food distribution, and should be a clear focus as new local food storage and distribution measures and infrastructure are implemented. Food safety regulations at all levels of government target the distribution link in the food chain. Complying with regulations designed to protect food safety can be complicated, but it is an essential part of doing business in the food system.
FSMA will have a significant impact on food safety processes, procedures, and requirements for eligible farmers across the Commonwealth. Even those who are exempt from FSMA due to farm size or aggregation criteria will need to be familiar with these regulations, as large buyers will likely rely upon these standards for purchasing.
Food producers, distributors, and retailers understand the need to comply with relevant municipal health codes but report that regulations and enforcement vary from community to community, and that interpretation of regulations is inconsistent, leading to less efficient and ultimately less sustainable operations.