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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

How the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Food Safety

This is the year that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins rolling out key components of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the sweeping law meant to modernize the U.S. food safety system. And, as part of that legislation, FDA is requiring significantly more detailed monitoring and record-keeping on the part of food producers. One... Continue Reading

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance for Expedited Importer Program

One requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop a program to expedite food imports to the U.S. from importers with a proven food safety track record. On Thursday, FDA published draft guidance for industry explaining how the new fee-based Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP)... Continue Reading

PMA opposes added user fees in comments to FDA

The Food and Drug Administration needs more funds to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, but the Produce Marketing Association has told the FDA that it opposes added user fees, registration fees, or inspection fees imposed by federal or state agencies to cover the gap.

Blue Bell and the Very Real Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act

(This article by Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was originally posted here on May 20, 2015.) Could the deadly outbreak of illnesses tied to contaminated ice cream have been prevented? It’s an important question, one that is on the minds of many in... Continue Reading

CSPI Chastises FDA for Lack of Recall Notification Guidance Required by FSMA

Many requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have yet to be implemented, and one of them is a recall notification system for grocery stores described in Section 211 of the law. The section on improving the Reportable Food Registry required that within one year of FSMA’s enactment in 2011, FDA “develop and publish... Continue Reading

A Proactive Plan: The First Step to FSMA Compliance

It’s been four years since Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the time has finally come for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement its requirements. FDA declared 2015 “the year of FSMA” at the agency’s “FSMA Kickoff Meeting” for food industry stakeholders on April 23, 2015. The first court-ordered... Continue Reading

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance on Mandatory Recall Authority

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published draft guidance for industry on its mandatory food recall authority that has been in effect since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was enacted in January 2011. The recall authority was added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) by Section 206 of... Continue Reading

FSMA Readiness: Accountability Starts at the Top, Just Like Sarbanes-Oxley

As enforcement time nears for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), experts such as Repositrak’s Randy Fields are being heard making comparisons between FSMA and the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The first major revamp of federal food safety laws since 1938 and the most-far reaching reforms of business practices “since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt”... Continue Reading

FDA Kicks Off the ‘Year of the Food Safety Modernization Act’

In front of hundreds of food industry and trade association representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented its unified plan to roll out and implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed by President Obama in January 2011, FSMA will bring about the most sweeping changes to the U.S. food... Continue Reading

Top FDA, FSIS Food Safety Officials Weigh in on Key Issues

At the risk of sounding naive, Michael Taylor said Tuesday that he’s still feeling “great” about the progress made on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Taylor knew he was in front of a tough audience since he said it during a question-and-answer session with a... Continue Reading

FDA Exercised FSMA Recall Authority for OxyElite Pro Dietary Supplements

In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exercised its recall authority granted by the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) for the second time. FDA published its second annual report to Congress this past week on the use of mandatory recall authority, stating that it had issued a Notification of Opportunity... Continue Reading

Are Baked Goods Ready for FSMA?

Many bakers and baked food manufacturers may have additional work to do to prepare for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a food safety specialist speaking with BakeryandSnacks.com. Ovens have long been seen as the kill step guaranteeing safety in baked goods, but bakers may not be able to take the... Continue Reading

144 Food Industry Employees Filed FSMA Whistleblower Complaints From 2011-2014

Food industry employees have been using the whistleblower protections provided under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ever since it was signed into law, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Show More Summary

Food Safety Audits: Do We Have the System Backward?

(This article by Bob Whitaker, Ph.D., was originally posted here, and is reposted with his permission.) I was at a grower training event on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) awhile back, and it was a great event with impressive participation from the growers. The speakers were wonderful, and the content was carefully prepared. Over... Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: FSMA Section 402

We’re soon going to find out what Section 402 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) means. Section 402 is one of those “miscellaneous provisions” of the FSMA that has not received much attention until now, but it’s been on the minds of food industry attorneys and human resource managers ever since the FSMA was... Continue Reading

The Future is Now for the Food Safety Modernization Act

We all knew FSMA was a big deal when Congress passed it a little over four years ago. After a decade of illness outbreaks, import safety problems, and market disruptions that shook consumer confidence and imposed billions of dollars in costs on the food system, Congress mandated a paradigm shift to prevention — to establishing a... Continue Reading

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