2019 was a critical year for food safety across the industry and a big year for PSSI. Increased consumer sensitivity to food safety, new regulatory and compliance standards, and new technology continued to increase the need for transparency and accountability.
While the additional rules and regulations continue to put pressure on businesses across the industry, the good news is that they seem to be having a positive impact. A recent report released by the FDA on the progress of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) following the launch of its new Food Safety Dashboard, reported that since 2016 the majority of companies inspected are in compliance with the new requirements. The report also demonstrates early results around the effectiveness of preventative measures as food recalls reached a five-year low.
Food safety success is at the heart of PSSI’s business and culture. While there is still a lot of work to do in the industry, we are proud to see progress being made. PSSI made a number of significant investments across key areas this year that we believe play a critical role in the on-going success across the industry. As we look forward to 2020 and beyond, our goal is to continue building on these key areas to boost protection and efficiencies for food processors and others across the food chain.