The Highest Standard
US ROAST is committed to providing amazing and fresh roasted coffee while insuring the highest standard when it comes to food safety. Our management team brings extensive knowledge from other FDA regulated food businesses and has developed a HACCP plan that acts as a Quality Control blueprint to follow in an effort to ensure a clean, safe, consistent, and great tasting product with lot tracking on every batch of coffee produced.
US Roast's Commitment to Food Safety
The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) significantly impacts the entire global food supply chain. New regulations include preventive controls for food, produce safety, food defense, facility registration, and sanitary food transportation. Coffee is sourced from all over the world and there are varying degrees of Quality Assurance and Quality Controls in place to insure the strictest standards of Food Safety for you and your clients. It has been over 70 years since any major legislative changes have hit the U.S. food industry to insure against pathogens in our food supply from a preventative point of view. Food safety has been reactionary at best, and then only after some major outbreak of E. Coli or Salmonella linked to produce or chicken. Well, all of that has changed as of January 4th, 2011 with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)... Or has it?
On January 4, 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. The law was established to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting its focus from responding to problems that have already occurred, to preventing them. From a risk management perspective it becomes paramount for the coffee industry to put in place protocols that will minimize food contamination throughout the entire life-cycle of the coffee vertical supply chain.
Since December 12, 2003, all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S., as defined in 21 CFR 1.227, must register with FDA. As of 2015, registration must be renewed every two years or it is considered expired.
What is critical to understand is just because a company is registered with the FDA, does not mean that all Roasters are in compliance. Even years after the law was put in place.
A written food safety plan is a requirement, which should include a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), Preventive Controls and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). Larger roasters probably already have most of all of this in place. That is not to say that all of them do.
At US ROAST, food safety is at the core foundation of our company and it shows in how we roast and maintain our facility. We can guarantee you that our level of compliance supersedes that of FSMA based on our years of success in the food manufacturing business.