KMS Joins MEP Centers in Missouri and Nebraska in Effort to Broaden Food Safety Resources
Launches the Food Safety in the Heartland Program
[OVERLAND PARK, KS, May 16, 2019] As a result of a new partnership that includes Kansas Manufacturing Solutions (KMS) and related manufacturing solutions providers in Missouri and Nebraska, Kansas human and animal food manufacturers now have access to a wider set of resources for complying with safety regulations.
The “Food Safety in the Heartland” partnership, which includes Missouri Enterprise and the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is an initiative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network that includes KMS. The three MEP centers worked together to develop a collaboration to better serve the region’s food manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized businesses, according to KMS CEO Tiffany Stovall.
“Food safety covers such a broad range of issues that it’s almost impossible for one person to be an expert in everything,” Stovall said. “With our combined resources, we’re able to cover pretty much any issue that any food manufacturer in these states would have.”
KMS is also partnering with organizations in Kansas who are actively involved in food science and food safety, such as Kansas State University’s Food Science Institute. The goal of the program is to streamline the process of connecting with the best food safety resources, which include trainings and one-on-one consulting, she said.
Manufacturers have told KMS that it can be a challenge to meet food safety standards, such as the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s latest framework for regulating how food is grown, harvested and processed. The goal of the regulations is to prevent foodborne diseases and other potential hazards.
The law went into effect in 2015, and now the FDA is starting to conduct inspections of smaller manufacturers. “KMS is here to help. If food manufacturers have gaps in meeting safety needs, we can help them find solutions.”
The partnership is also pleased to announce the support from the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, which is home to more than 300 animal health companies, representing the largest concentration in the world. Food Safety in the Heartland aligns with the Corridor’s strategy to provide specialized education and training to grow the animal health industry.
“The support from the Corridor combined with the tri-state collaboration puts client’s needs first and makes food specialists and resources more accessible to food manufacturers in America’s heartland, “said Dusty Cruise, CEO of Missouri Enterprise.
The Food Safety in the Heartland’s first collaborative event is a Preventive Controls for Animal Food Manufacturers training class, being held in Blue Springs, MO on June 4-6, 2019. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual” for Animal Food, a requirement of FSMA for food manufacturers.
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