ATLANTA, GA 30339 – TydenBrooks, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of security seals, announced support of its food customers who need FSMA compliant security seals to safeguard food shipping containers, trucks, rail cars, storage and production facilities.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), to begin implementation this month, requires that food companies adopt new security and safety measures in food production, transport, receiving and storage. Use of FMSA compliant security seals can be placed on doors, totes, containers, or any other item requiring restricted access. Such tamper evident seals, bolt seals, tamper evident tape and labels, as well as container seals and truck seals will help the food industry comply with the new FSMA regulations.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in over 70 years, shifts the focus from responding to contamination to preventing food safety problems before they occur. Designed to keep the U.S. food supply safe, the new regulations will take full effect this year. It applies to facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food and a registration process is now required for facilities including manufacturers, processors, warehouses, storage tanks and grain elevators.
As the worldwide leader in security seals, TydenBrooks works side-by-side with food, transportation and logistics customers to ensure security of all trucks, containers, rail cars and storage facilities. Tamper evident seals, tamper evident tape and labels, bolt seals, container seals and truck seals help the food industry take the necessary precautions and comply with new government regulations.
“Tamper evident security seals or container seals can make the difference between efficient operations and work stoppage. For food companies today, the risk is great. Using security seals and tamper evident seals can lower the risk immeasurably,” said John Spillane, TydenBrooks CEO.
Where TydenBrooks’ security seals have the most impact are the regulations regarding: 1) Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food and 2) Strategy to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration.
Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food
- Deadline: March 31, 2016
- What it is: This rule is designed to help maintain both human and animal food safety during transportation. Any company that ships food into or within the U.S. must establish practices for training and record keeping, ensuring the sanitary transportation of food.
- What to do: Vehicles have to be prepared for safe transportation by fitting them with adequate temperature controls, safely separating food from non-food in the same load and securing cargo to ensure no tampering. Exchange of information about prior cargos, cleaning of transportation equipment, and temperature control between the shipper, carrier, and receiver must also be managed. Finally employees and handlers need to be trained in these proper practices.
- FSMA compliant security seals to keep cargo free from tampering: While many companies already use tamper evident security seals, there are a variety of bolt seals, tamper evident tape and labels, container seals and truck seals that can help safeguard cargo and keep it free of tampering.
Strategy to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration
- Deadline: May 31, 2016
- What it is: Most companies in the food industry must develop a strategy to protect against the intentional adulteration of food. The FDA has identified four risk areas that must be addressed: 1) bulk liquid receiving and loading; 2) liquid storage and handling; 3) secondary ingredient handling; and 4) mixing and similar activities.
- What to do: Facilities must implement mitigation strategies to prepare and protect the food supply chain at the specifically identified vulnerable points. Facilities will need to review production systems and complete a risk assessment, identify procedures in the food process that will require focused mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of intentional adulteration, and will be required to complete a written food defense plan.
- FSMA compliant security seals keep food safe: Use of tamper evident security seals, security tapes and tamper evident labels will be crucial mitigation strategies for food production facilities and transportation companies to comply with this regulation. Industry insiders believe that bulk liquid receiving, loading, storage and handling represent the biggest challenge. With the largest inventory of security seals, tamper evident seals, security tape, container seals and truck seals, TydenBrooks is uniquely positioned to help companies be FSMA compliant.
TydenBrooks carries a wide variety of high security seals, bolt seals, truck seals and container seals that meet or exceed ISO 17712 standards, a requirement for all C-TPAT-compliant seals. These indicative seals are ideal for transportation companies, manufacturers and logistics companies who require tamper evident security seals for their goods. Seals can be placed on doors, totes, containers, or any other item requiring restricted access. Most seals can be imprinted with unique identifiers, including company name and serialization.
TydenBrooks is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and supply of high security seals that are also tamper evident. Through its acquisitions of TydenBrammall, EJ Brooks, and Stoffel Seals, TydenBrooks has over 350 years of combined experience and history in the manufacture of high security seals. TydenBrooks has consistently demonstrated market leadership through innovation, research, quality, design, service and manufacturing globally.
To learn more about FSMA compliant security seals, call 1-800-458-SEAL or visit Tydenbrooks.com.