3M Food Safety recently certified 20 of its technical service team members and sales representatives with Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) to help customers train and comply with the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirement. The training preceded the September 16, 2016 deadline date for food processors to have a Food Safety Plan prepared and applied by a trained PCQI.

One of FSMA’s requirements that applies to the majority of food processors is the need to have a food safety plan prepared and implemented by a PCQI.

The main responsibilities of a PCQI are to oversee or perform the preparation of the food safety plans, validate the preventive controls, review records and reanalyze the plan, along with any additional activities needed for the food.

“This is the first time that 3M Food Safety has invested in a specific certification to support a new requirement for our clients,” said John Wadie, U.S. marketing development manager for 3M Food Safety. “We are excited to provide the added understanding, support and knowledge of this certification, and will continue to look at additional training and certifications in the future.”