Opening the Doors for GMPs

The combination of technological advancements, increased regulation, and efficiency initiatives has transformed many industries, but perhaps none more than food manufacturing and processing. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)—as written law—have officially been around since 1962. However, they are continually evolving as new equipment and processes are developed. Sometimes they are changed as the result of other regulations being implemented, which happened recently when the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was enacted earlier this decade. Suddenly GMPs weren’t just Part 111 in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). FSMA’s Preventative Controls for Human Food in Title 21 CFR Part 117 mandates rules that are enforced by FDA. Subpart B spells out specific GMPs.

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