Understanding the Food Safety Needs of Small and Very Small Processors in the Northeast United States: Food Safety Communicator and Regulator Perspective

Food Protection Trends. 2024. Vol 44, No. 3, p. 160–181.
Added by Luke LaBorde • Last updated June 6, 2024
Author: Annie S. Fitzgerald, Andrea Gilbert-Eckman, Elizabeth M. Demmings, Jill Fitzsimmons, Amanda J. Kinchla, Nicole Richard, Dave Seddon, Luke F. LaBorde, and Elizabeth Newbold
Type: Journal Article
Topic: Preventive Controls (PCs), Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

Food safety communicators (educators, consultants, and individuals in allied industries) and regulators in the NECAFS network states were surveyed to determine their perceptions of PCHF compliance challenges and recommendations for improvements in training and resource development. In alignment with the historical struggles faced by smaller food processors as they adjusted to earlier hazard analysis critical control point regulations and buyer mandates, both survey participant groups identified gaps in processor awareness of the PCHF Rule and its requirements, knowledge of good manufacturing practices, sanitation standards, and core elements of the hazard analysis risk-based approach to food safety including conducting a hazard analysis and establishing verification and validation procedures. Recommendations included creating awareness materials for distribution to SVS food processors and educational programs and resources tailored to the needs and learning styles of SVS food processors that will increase motivation to engage in the PCHF compliance process.



Preventive Controls for Human Food Resources by Course Chapter Website
Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated October 19, 2023
Author: FSPCA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Coverage Assessment Tools; Videos; Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan