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What Biodiesel Producers Should Know about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Submitted by on January 28, 2016 – 11:10 amNo Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  If your glycerin or free fatty acids may find their way into the food or feed supply, you must comply with the daunting Food Safety Modernization Act  —  … Moreover, if you’re a grease collector and distributor, and you sell feedstock that goes to a biodiesel producer whose glycerin may end up in the feed or food supply, you may also have to comply, although Rachael Spiegel, an associate at FBD (Faegre, Baker and Daniels LLP), says more on this will be known come spring when the sanitary transportation guidelines under FSMA are issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

Biodiesel producers whose glycerin may go into the food or feed supply must register with FDA, a free and easy process that can be completed online, Spiegel said. The rest of the work, however, promises to be neither free nor easy.

FBD was approached by Valero because the oil company with several ethanol refineries wanted to get ahead of the regulations. FBD has been working on developing a standard national plan for ethanol and now biodiesel facilities having to comply with FSMA. Jamey Cline with Christianson & Associates told me his firm is also working on getting biofuel facilities in compliance with the new regulations. But a difficult part of this is that not all of the guidelines have been released yet, and Spiegel said if someone tells you they know everything about this confusing and incomplete set of regulations, they are not to be believed.

The law was enacted in 2011, but it wasn’t until 2015 when the first of several guidelines (Current Good Manufacturing Processes and Foreign Supply Verification) under FSMA began rolling out. This spring, regulations for the sanitary transportation of food and feed are expected, and depending on what these are, this may encompass grease collectors and distributors.  READ MORE

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