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Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’

Only two more Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules remain to be finalized. Final rules for Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration are due out next spring. But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release...Show More Summary

FDA Finalizes FSMA Produce Rule, Import Rules

The next three major rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been finalized. The rules establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms, make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety...Show More Summary

The Complexities of Defining a ‘Farm’ Under FSMA

What is a farm? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned in recent years that this isn’t an easy question to answer. The agency has had to define “farm” for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) because farms are subject to the law’s produce safety rule but not the preventive controls rules. According... Continue Reading

FDA Shares Its FSMA Training Strategy

In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successfully implemented, training is key. Employees in the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with FSMA rules, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a plan for facilitating this training, along with the help of... Continue Reading

Will FSMA Make a Difference?

To answer the question of whether the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will make a difference, I want to take a look historically at why FSMA ever got passed by Congress. To do this, I have to wind the clock back almost 10 years. The only thing that got FSMA through Congress — and those... Continue Reading

The Government’s Role in Food Safety

(U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, was co-author of the Tester-Hagan Amendment to the Food Safety Modernization Act, which exempted certain small, local producers from regulation. He sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee...Show More Summary

FFVA meeting tackles food safety, marketing

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Sessions at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s Sept. 23-25 convention covered a variety of topics including concerns over the Food Safety Modernization Act, genetically modified foods, water regulations and global marketing of the state’s crops.

Food safety, GMOs lead first day of Florida convention

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Concerns over the Food Safety Modernization Act and genetically modified foods dominated discussion on the first day of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s Sept. 23-25 convention.

Peanut butter boss faces 28 years in jail for fatal salmonella outbreak

Food safety is a big issue in these modern lives of ours, as we trade our dollars for countless millions of packaged foods, trusting in manufacturer’s to look out for the well-being of consumers everywhere. Sometimes, that doesn’t happen. This week,

FDA Tells Senate Subcommittee that Full Funding is ‘Absolutely Critical’ for FSMA Success

It’s an oft-heard statement from officials at the Food and Drug Administration: The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires sufficient funding allocated by Congress in order to be a success. The testimony that Acting FDA Commissioner...Show More Summary

FDA takes important steps in modernizing food safety system

In the midst of a cucumber recall that has sickened hundreds in 30 states, the Food and Drug Administration today finalized the first two of seven major rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) meant to beef up the country's food safety system.

FDA Finalizes FSMA Preventive Controls Rules For Human and Animal Foods

Four-and-a-half years after the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, the first two major rules have been finalized. On Aug. 31, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials announced that they had submitted the final rules on preventive controls in human and animal food to the Federal Register as required by the... Continue Reading

Why the CEO and Board Need to Pay Attention to FSMA

In the spring of 2007, I was asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, which was the committee tasked with modernizing our food safety system. From those hearings, which stretched from 2007 to 2009, came the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On the Senate side of the hill, work... Continue Reading

Who Should Bear the Costs of Making Our Food Safe?

Is a simple cost-benefit analysis the right prism through which to view a preventive food safety program? Richard Williams’ interesting, but ultimately misguided, critique of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) strongly relies on...Show More Summary

Will FDA’s New Food Import Programs Make Food Safer?

First, the statistics. At the time that President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law in 2011, the United States imported about 15-20 percent of its domestic food supply, and as many as 70 percent of the food importers were small companies. Since FSMA was passed, the amount of food imported on... Continue Reading

FSMA: No Safety, No Modernization

In the midst of food prices that are already on the rise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will vastly increase costs, but it’s not likely to change food safety nor will it modernize our approach to food safety. In a new research paper, I examine four of the biggest... Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Debating Three Food Safety Perspectives

Routine epidemiological work still has an important role to play in this modern age of whole-genome sequencing, sustainability practices in the food industry aren’t hampering safety procedures, and the jury is still out on whether reducing sodium in processed foods is a food safety risk. Show More Summary

Remaining Technology Gaps Outlined in CFSAN’s Science & Research Plan

Some say technology is the driving force behind the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and they may be right. One thing for certain is that food safety technologies are hitting the market at a quick pace since FSMA went on the books. And it’s far from over. The fact is the Center for Food Safety and... Continue Reading

Changing In-Plant Behavior to be Alert to Dangers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted some FAQs about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and under the question, “How does this Act change the way FDA regulates foods?” is this statement: “This new law puts prevention up front for FDA. For the first time, FDA will have a legislative mandate to require... Continue Reading

Reid Calls for Full FSMA Funding on Senate Floor

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urged Congress to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in his remarks Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. “Unfortunately for many Americans, falling ill from contaminated food has become all too regular,” Reid said. He described the experiences of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush, both of whom became... Continue Reading

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