Food Safety Modernization Act and Good Manufacturing Process


Food Safety Modernization Act and Good Manufacturing Process

Santa Barbara Chocolate production sites globally meet the requirements of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) which contains the FSMA preventative control and prerequisite food safety programs as identified in title 21 CFR part 117. Verification of the GFSI compliance through an external audit to British Retail Consortium (BRC) food safety standard.


Specific to FSMA title 21 part 117:

§117.4 Qualifications of individuals, who manufacture, process, pack or hold food.

  • Santa Barbara Chocolate QA site and regional leadership have completed the Food Safety Preventative Control Alliance (FSPCA) certified training as a Preventative Controls for Human Foods Qualified Individual (PCQI).


Subpart B – Current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMPs)

§117.10 Personnel. §117.20 Plant and grounds. §117.35 Sanitary operations. §117.37 Sanitary facilities and controls. §117.40 Equipment and utensils. §117.80 Processes and controls. §117.93 Warehousing and distribution. §117.95 Holding and distribution of human food by-products for use in animal food. §117.110 Defect action levels.

  • Santa Barbara Chocolate’s food safety prerequisites programs ensure compliance to GMPs as defined in title 21 CFR part 117.


Subpart C – Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls

§117.126 Food safety plan. §117.130 Hazard analysis. §117.135 Preventative controls.

  1. Process controls.
  2. Food allergen controls.
  3. Sanitation controls.
  4. Supply-chain controls.
  5. Recall plan.
  • Santa Barbara Chocolate has implemented a food safety plan that includes the five (5) preventative controls as defined in title 21 CFR part 117.


Santa Barbara Chocolate food and safety systems are in compliance to FSMA requirements as defined in title 21 CFR 117.



*This communication is intended to provide advice to Santa Barbara Chocolate customers upon their request. Our interpretation of the law does not represent a formal legal opinion, as we have not sought concurrence with the competent authorities. Customers are encouraged to consult with their own legal counsel.