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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

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

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