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What are the major elements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act? Preventive controls – For the first time, FDA has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, prevention-based controls across the food supply to prevent or significantly minimize the likelihood of problems occurring. Inspection and […]
FSMA affects all countries that are involved in the United States supply chain. Any food transportation company that revenues over $500,000 that serves as, shipper, carrier, or receiver must comply with the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) rule: A shipper is a […]
About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a significant public health burden that is largely preventable.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 4, enables FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. It enables FDA to focus more on preventing food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur. The law also provides FDA with new enforcement authorities designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards and to better respond to and contain problems when they do occur. The law also gives FDA important new tools to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods and directs FDA to build an integrated national food safety system in partnership with state and local authorities.
Building a new food safety system based on prevention will take time, and FDA is creating a process for getting this work done.