PCAF: Current Good Manufacturing Practice
The Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) subpart of the PCAF rule is part of the regulations introduced by the FDA after passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011.
For an overview of how the CGMP subpart fits in with the PCAF rule, see our diagrams below.
Why is CGMP necessary?
According to the FDA, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. The administration argues that “this is a significant public health burden that is largely preventable.”
The FDA considers Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) to be
“necessary to prevent animal food from containing filthy, putrid, or decomposed substances, being otherwise unfit for food, or being prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health.” (Preamble, II: Legal Authority).
What are the parts of CGMP?
The components of CGMP, listed in the rule are
- plant and grounds,
- water supply and plumbing,
- equipment and utensils,
- plant operations,
- holding and distribution, and
- holding and distribution of human food by-products for use as animal food.
Our checklist can help you self-audit your facility.
Compliance policy guide
The FDA compliance policy guide linked below may be helpful when developing food safety plans. See other FDA compliance policy guides related to food safety plans.
For additional information contact
NC State University
Cooperative Extension Service
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
236 Scott Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608