Food companies in the US are facing a deadline of October for compliance regarding the federal Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) and Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) is looking to assist with this in the form of an ink technology.

The FSMA is regulated by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and is planned to be phased in from 2017 to 2022. It applies to food meant for human or animal consumption that is manufactured, processed, packed, or held without sale, including imported food.

CTI’s ink technology provides on-pack verification that the food products have been subjected to High Pressure Processing (HPP).  It is also said to provide an easy-to-use, affordable tool audit whether or not packages have been subjected to high pressure processing or severe heat abuse during transportation or storage.

Jeffrey Barach of Barach Enterprises LLC, said: “The FDA is requiring small and mid-sized companies with under 500 employees to have an FSMA Food Safety plan in place by October 2017. As part of a good FSMA plan, companies will need to demonstrate process prevention controls are monitored and to verify safety steps.  An on-pack HPP indicator, such as the HPP-heat indicator provided by CTI, helps satisfy those requirements.”