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Aligning FSMA Preventative Controls & GFSI HACCP Conformance

March 21, 2013 - Kestrel Food Safety

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) both require risk-based food safety plans to alleviate food product contamination and to introduce pure food into the U.S. and global markets.

Compliant HAACP Programs

As FSMA requirements are finalized into guidance documents, it is important to consider the implications on aligned HACCP programs from regulatory and global food safety perspectives. Your company’s goal should be to implement science-and risk-based preventative controls that align with your programs and with changing regulations.

GFSI standards include HACCP objectives under the primary schemes, providing the opportunity to meet FSMA requirements. The following list provides each GFSI-certified HACCP objective and the corresponding FSMA requirement.


FSMA Requirement

HACCP Food Safety Plan

Food safety program to prevent contamination and food-borne illness

Risk Rated Critical Control Points & Control Points

Science-based preventative controls


Documented preventative programs

Corrective/Preventative Action

Corrective action plans for issues that arise

Internal and Supplier Audit Program

Internal and supplier audit process development and implementation

Plant and Process Flows and Design

Hygienic building and equipment design

HACCP Verification by Management

Management responsibility for providing safe food

HACCP Document Management and Control

Documented prevention and records

Kestrel’s HACCP Development Institute

Kestrel Management Services’ industry best practice development system and certified resources provide you with the training and support necessary to properly develop your science-based preventative HACCP program.

Our goals are to help you meet both GFSI and FSMA requirements, as necessitated by your specific products, plants, and company requirements, and to ensure that you own your science-based and preventative HACCP control process.

Our industry experts provide an in-depth understanding of GFSI and FSMA, offer guidance in evaluating food safety certification requirements, and help you fulfill the requirements of the benchmarked standards.

For more information on Kestrel’s HACCP Development Institute and how to align both FSMA and GFSI requirements, please email us at

Submitted by: Regina Tihfon

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