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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 […]
FSMA is now here and the rode to compliance varies, depending on your industry. With the continual updates to FSMA, the FDA has released a guide breaking down the rules and guidance available. Please visit this for further information, here.
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 Compliance – The legislation recognizes that inspection is an important means of holding industry accountable for its responsibility to produce safe food. FDA is committed to applying its inspection resources in a risk-based manner and adopting innovative inspection approaches.
- Imported Food Safety – FDA has new tools to ensure that imported foods meet U.S. standards and are safe for our consumers. For example, for the first time, importers must verify that their foreign suppliers have adequate preventive controls in place to ensure safety, and FDA will be able to accredit qualified third party auditors to certify that foreign food facilities are complying with U.S. food safety standards.
- Response – For the first time, FDA has mandatory recall authority for all food products. FDA expects that it will only need to invoke this authority infrequently since the food industry largely honors our requests for voluntary recalls. The agency has other new authorities that are also in effect: expanded administrative detention of products that are potentially in violation of the law, and suspension of a food facility’s registration.
- Enhanced Partnerships – The legislation recognizes the importance of strengthening existing collaboration among all food safety agencies—U.S. federal, state, local, territorial, tribal and foreign–to achieve our public health goals. For example, it directs FDA to improve training of state, local, territorial and tribal food safety officials.