As the world becomes increasingly concerned with food safety, large food distribution corporations find themselves grappling with a novel challenge: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Mandated by the FDA, the FSMA aims to prevent foodborne illnesses through stringent regulations, thus compelling food corporations to adapt or face penalties. This writing will delve deeper into how the FSMA will reshape the food distribution landscape by influencing operational strategies, implementing accountability measures, and fostering an environment ripe for innovation.
In the graphic novel and film “The Watchmen,” there is a reoccurring phrase: “Who watches the watchmen?” In context, it’s an indictment of the comic book world’s broken justice system. However, in a compliance context, the concept can be just as important. In a recent discussion with a hospital system’s compliance officer, he raised the point that a company’s compliance department is seen as the ultimate authority and expertise in laws and regulations, monitoring compliance and noncompliance, and implementing corrective and disciplinary actions. Yet while many compliance professionals may assume that their actions are always compliant, who oversees those who are overseeing systems and organizations? Who ensures that compliance is compliant?