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FEATURE: ENSURING A SAFE FLOUR SUPPLY
milling facilities to ensure compliance with Global
Food Safety Initiatives (GFSI) and the Food Safety
Modernization Act (FSMA).
Grain Craft also works closely with its industry partners
and leads process improvement discussions to champion
the establishment of dedicated peanut transportation to
abate the risk of cross-contact with wheat.
"As a leader in the industry, we have implemented
procedures to mitigate the serious risk of peanut allergen cross-contact within the transportation of bulk agricultural commodities," McLean said. "Furthermore, we
support customer and consumer education and have adopted safe handling instructions on packaged products to
promote awareness of the control measures that must be
implemented within their processes to reduce misuse of
pany is undergoing expansion efforts at its new Woodland,
California, U.S., mill to further protect its product.
"Construction plans incorporate design elements to deliver a clean-room environment separate from the remainder of the facility," Robinson said. "The clean room incorSRUDWHV¿OWHUHGDLUSRVLWLYHSUHVVXUHGHGLFDWHGHTXLSPHQW
and a robust environmental program."
Access is limited to specially trained associates who
must pass through a changing and sanitizing area prior to
entering the clean room.
When it comes to government regulations and enforcement, FSMA enables the FDA to focus more on preventing food safety problems rather than reacting to problems
after they occur. However, with each step of the process
being more closely scrutinized, there may be complications with FSMA requirements.
Jeff Gwirtz, a milling industry consultant and president
PROTECTING MORE OF THE PROCESS
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consumption is an ongoing effort, and it begins with the on the views of the inspection agent or agencies.
design of a milling facility. Jennifer Robinson, vice-presi"This may be problematic if milling organizations are
dent of corporate quality, Bay State Milling, said the com- asked down the road to evaluate potential sources of bio-
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