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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

Hamburg Tells Senate Budget Committee FSMA Funding Needed to Fill ‘Significant’ Gaps

Many questions directed at outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg during a Senate budget hearing on Thursday concerned funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and details of the law’s rules. Show More Summary

USDA seeks alignment of GAPs audit with food safety law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Good Agricultural Practices audit offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for fruit and vegetable growers will be updated to reflect the requirements of the regulations from the Food Safety Modernization Act.

GAO study says FDA foreign inspections falling short

The Food and Drug Administration has failed to keep up with Food Safety Modernization Act requirements for inspections of foreign food facilities and needs to determine how to best measure progress against imported food safety threats, according to a federal oversight agency.

Budget Subcommittee Zeroes in on FDA’s Request for More FSMA Funding

The increased funding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in fiscal year 2016 was one of the key topics of discussion Wednesday during a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. Show More Summary

Obama’s 2016 Budget: $1.6 Billion for Food Safety, Single Food-Safety Agency

President Obama’s $3.99-trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, released Monday, would allot $1.6 billion to food-safety work. With all of the major Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules set to be finalized by the end of FY 2016, a lot of the focus is on Food and Drug Administration’s requests. Overall, the agency is... Continue Reading

AIB releases FSMA guide, readiness assessment

Manhattan, Kan.-based AIB International is offering a free guide on the Food Safety Modernization Act through its Facebook page until Feb. 8.

Letter From the Editor: Food Safety Regulation

Whether it’s irony or just fortunate timing, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), with its new package of regulations, is coming to life just as bipartisan majorities in Congress appear to be getting serious about putting a bridle on a runaway bureaucracy. On Jan. 15, 2015, Lydia Zuraw, Washington, D.C., correspondent for Food Safety News, reported that... Continue Reading

FDA Announces Food-Safety Education Grants for Small Farms, Processors

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a competitive grant program to fund food-safety training, education and technical assistance consistent with standards being established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Show More Summary

FDA Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Produce Safety Rule

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed produce safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The statement considers the four areas in the proposed...Show More Summary

FDA Official Provides Update at AFBF

Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor provided an update on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at the American Farm Bureau convention this week in San Diego. Taylor says his agency is...Show More Summary

GAO: Federal Food-Safety Oversight Needs Better Coordination

The federal government could be doing more to achieve the goals of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other food-safety efforts, according to a 46-page report published Thursday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Show More Summary

Food-Safety Advocates Applaud Increased FSMA, NARMS Funding

Food-safety advocates were pleased to see increased funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System for Enteric Bacteria (NARMS) in the $1.1-trillion spending bill President Obama signed on Tuesday. Show More Summary

Gillibrand Supports Increased FSMA Funding

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) expressed her support Thursday for additional funding for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Gillibrand asked that they allocate an additional $50 million for fiscal year 2015 for FSMA. The request was in support of a letter released Monday by the Pew... Continue Reading

Revised FSMA Provisions Need More Tweaks

The public is generally pleased with the revised provisions of four rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but the public comments at the Food and Drug Administration’s public meeting Thursday suggest that the agency may have more tweaking to do. Certain aspects of the rules for produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive... Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Victims Request Additional FSMA Funding

Victims of foodborne illness and their families are urging Congress to appropriate additional funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Several Congress members and plenty of food safety advocates have written...Show More Summary

A holiday season with fewer cheeses

5 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

A story we’ve been following about the consequences of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA). Edible Brooklyn: The holiday season fast approaches, and with it comes the busiest time of the year at Brooklyn’s cheese counters. Show More Summary

Baylen Linnekin: The Feds 'Modernize' Food Safety Without Making Food Safer

5 months agoNews : Reason

Can he federal government spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food-safety regulations without making Americans or our food much safer? Sadly, the answer appears to be yes, writes Baylen Linnekin. In late September, the Food andShow More Summary

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