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FDA gives positive FSMA outlook

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The journey of the Food Safety Modernization Act continues, but Mike Taylor, deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, says they should be good for the produce industry.

Taylor: Don’t Expect Extended Comment Periods on Re-Proposed FSMA Rules

Don’t expect comment period extensions for the re-proposed rules regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s what Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told attendees Wednesday at the United Fresh Produce Association Washington Conference. Show More Summary

Food safety is bipartisan

The Food Safety Modernization Act implementation is going slower than expected, and it’s starting to look like the cliche of everyone pointing the finger at someone else.

FDA asked to drop user fee requests

Reps. Sam Farr, D-Calif., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., have asked the Food and Drug Administration to stop asking Congress for user fees to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Trade Association Wants FDA to Change and Reissue FSMA Transport Rule

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) wants the Food and Drug Administration to make significant changes to its proposed rule for sanitary food transportation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition, the association is asking that FDA reissue language for parts of the rule like it plans to do with the produce... Continue Reading

FDA vs. wooden onion crates

We’ve warned many times that the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 is sure to drive up food prices, make life hard for small farmers, and encourage the substitution of industrial farm methods for the traditional and local. Now the FDA is rumbling that wooden onion crates may need to give way to plastic, although […] FDA vs. Show More Summary

FDA will consider track records to target FSMA inspections

What’s on your permanent record? Food and Drug Administration officials say the agency will consider companies’ food safety histories when prioritizing inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

FDA will consider track records to target FSMA inspections

What’s on your permanent record? Food and Drug Administration officials say the agency will consider companies’ food safety histories when prioritizing inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Milk Producers Want Dairies Exempted From FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking that dairy farms be exempted from the intentional adulteration rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rule was the sixth proposed FSMA rule and will require domestic and foreign food facilities to address hazards that may... Continue Reading

Teleconference set with FDA on FSMA implementation

A teleconference set up by the Produce Safety Alliance with staff from the Food and Drug Administration will provide industry the latest information from the agency on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Sanitary Cold Chain certification preps Latin American exporters

Buenos Aires-based The Cambridge Business Group has certified Latin American member exporters and importers to the Sanitary Cold Chain’s TransCert (transportation certification) standards for Food Safety Modernization Act compliance...

FDA to Save Us From Scourge of Wood-Aged Artisanal Cheese

3 months agoNews : Reason

The latest foodmakers to face destruction from the Food and Drug Adminstration's (FDA) need to regulate all he things: artisanal cheesemakers. As part of a new push to enforce certain aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA),...Show More Summary

FDA moves to ban cheese aging on wooden boards

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

We warned at the time that the ill-conceived Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 would tend to choke off many non-industrial food sources. Now the FDA, interpreting FSMA as part of its regulatory process, is moving to ban the...Show More Summary

FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule Comment Period Extended

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will be extending the comment period on the sanitary transportation rule issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The comment period was originally set to end May 31, but the deadline has been extended to June 30 in response to requests for additional time. The... Continue Reading

State, local funding weakest link in food safety chain

A disturbing trend well-known among food safety experts will just get worse as federal officials implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.

FDA seeks help for food safety compliance

Saying it is unable to single-handedly oversee compliance of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration is emphasising voluntary compliance and other measures.

FDA Releases FSMA Strategy Document as a ‘Springboard for Discussion’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a strategy document on May 2 outlining the agency’s guiding principles for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The document is meant “to guide the next phase of FSMA implementation by outlining broadly the drivers of change in FDA’s approach to food safety and the operational strategy... Continue Reading

Tribes Still Troubled by FDA’s ‘Inadequate’ Consultation Policy

With less than 30 days notice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally set a date for face-to-face consultation with American Indian tribes and pueblos on its proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On March 27, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor sent a letter to tribal... Continue Reading

Animal feed rule would limit grain donation

A rule proposed under the Food Safety Modernization Act regarding animal feed would unnecessarily limit the centuries-old practice of beer brewers donating or selling their spent grain to farmers and ranchers by classifying them as feed producers, contend the Beer Institute, American Malting Barley Association, the National Milk Producers Federation, and other stakeholders.

Industry Associations Hope FSMA Rules Won’t Duplicate Marketing Agreements, Orders

National and regional marketing agreements and orders may give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) some options as it continues to issue and revise rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In comments to the FSMA proposed rule for produce safety, a number of industry associations asked FDA to take into account... Continue Reading

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