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New normal this fall: Assess, control, verify and document

The movement of U.S. food safety efforts away from a reactive, punitive measures to a preventive system of safeguards has many food company owners fizzing. The Food Safety Modernization Act — known as FSMA in written materials and pronounced “fizz-ma” by business and regulatory people — is the source of the trepidation along the food... Continue Reading

Will FSMA Produce Regs Prove Costly to Small Farms?

Most of us involved in agriculture have become familiar with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that was introduced in 2011 as the FDA’s new method of regulating the growth, harvesting, and processing of agricultural goods. While...Show More Summary

FDA allocates funds to implement produce safety rule

The Food and Drug Administration plans to allocate $19 million this year to help state agencies implement the produce safety rule portion of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Public demands what feds suggest: Traceability via food labels

While the Food Safety Modernization Act doesn’t require transparency, it encourages it, but equally important for food manufacturers, consumers are increasingly demanding traceability. “Companies are under pressure from consumers, as...Show More Summary

Food safety scientist unravels questions about food safety act

Are you in or are you out? That was one of the first questions Don Stoeckel, a food-safety scientist with Cornell University, posed to the farmers and processors attending his presentation on the federal Food Safety Modernization Act  during the Ag Summit in Skagit County, WA, on March 3 and 4. It was a question... Continue Reading

New U.S. food safety system taking shape

Beam by beam, the federal government is building the superstructure of a new food safety system in the United States. Using 2011’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as the foundation, the USDA and FDA set the footings for two weight-bearing pillars of the new system recently with grant awards for regional training centers. Iowa State... Continue Reading

CAPA plans essential to surviving a recall

When auditors visit food facilities, particularly when auditing for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act, one of the first things they want to see is the Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA) plan. Noncompliance and recalls can have financial consequences — the average cost of a food recall is $10 million, according to Sage Food... Continue Reading

UF/IFAS Hosting FDA Educational Seminar on Food Safety Modernization Act Rules

The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act covers produce safety, preventive controls for human and animal food and foreign supplier verification.

Spending Bill Includes $104-Million Increase for FSMA, COOL Repeal

Late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives released a $1.1-trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, which is Sept. 30, 2016. Lobbyists for full funding of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) were pleased with the numbers. The Food and Drug Administration will receive a total of... Continue Reading

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.

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