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Oregon won’t seek federal funds for on-farm FSMA compliance checks

State agriculture officials will not be inspecting Oregon farms for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act anytime soon under a resolution unanimously approved last week by the Oregon State Board of Agriculture. The resolution,...Show More Summary

3rd party auditor accreditation: not the only tool in the toolkit

Enough went into the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to make the food industry queasy, but the new law’s limited reliance on third party auditors is still enough to make consumer advocates feel about the same way—at least for a while. The FSMA’s final rule on Accredited Third-Party Certification means the private auditors that the... Continue Reading

FDA sued for failing to impose regs about shellfish bacteria

The FDA’s failure to act to protect the public from deadly bacteria in shellfish not only means the agency is in violation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, but it means at least 15 people will likely die unnecessarily every year, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration... Continue Reading

FDA’s Foreign Supplier rule has an especially ambitious agenda

Of the seven rules the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the one regarding Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) is particularly ambitious. It attempts a number of things never done before with respect to the U.S. food safety system. As FDA describes it, FSVP requires importers... Continue Reading

US feed plants get assistance with FSMA rules

US feed facilities get assistance from a new project to comply with implementing the Food and Drug Administration's final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Review finds LGMA compares favorably with FDA produce rule

An expert panel has found that the best practices guidelines already followed by California and Arizona growers compares favorably with the new Produce Safety Rule now finalized under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). All four reviewers on the panel say that the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA’s) food safety guidelines provide the same kind... Continue Reading

No checklists? Your food safety plan is incomplete

There’s a reason Santa and Mom always use checklists. They work. It’s no different in the realm of food safety. Make a list, check it twice, have a backup plan. In many ways, that’s what the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its accompanying rules are all about — preventing problems through a systematic, science-based... Continue Reading

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

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