FSMA’s Future with the New Congress

by Paul Bernish on November 20, 2016

in FDA,Food Safety,FSMA,General

Government programs and regulations typically obtain budget authorization on a year-to-year basis, always subject to Congressional approval. When a new Administration takes over, however, it looks for ways to put its own stamp on government programs — canceling or cutting back on some, while expanding others. So it is likely to be come January, when […]

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FSMA Supply Chain Disclosure Rules

by Paul Bernish on November 3, 2016

in FDA,Food Safety,FSMA,General

A little noticed provision of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gives food companies some degree of relief from having to implement costly preventive food safety controls — as long as they disclose to their supply partners that their product may contain potentially dangerous food hazards that will have to be dealt with. The […]

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Small Businesses Catch a FSMA Compliance Break

October 3, 2016

The nation’s new food safety law took effect for a substantial chunk of the vast food industry in mid-September. But the Food and Drug Administration, rightly concerned that smaller sized manufacturers might not have the resources to comply with the complicated new regs, has given that segment a break by putting off compliance for another year, […]

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FSMA Ushers In New Era of Shared Food Safety Responsibility

September 16, 2016

The new Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 is finally here. As of this weekend, large scale food manufacturing operations in the U.S. and abroad must be in compliance with the sweeping new law, known by its acronym FSMA. This follows five years of regulation writing and review by the Food and Drug Administration, many […]

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FDA Issues FSMA Guidance on Preventive Controls for Human Food

August 23, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration today (August 23) issued a partial guidance report on a key section of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): the agency’s “current thinking” on the requirement of food manufacturers to conduct a thorough hazard analysis, from which a comprehensive Food Safety Plan then must be prepared. Specifically, the guidance report […]

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A Safer Food Supply?

August 4, 2016

Government regulation of business is always a hot button issue during national election years. But so far in 2016, not much is being said or reported about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which will be all but fully implemented in mid-September. The new law has a multitude of complementary purposes, but of these, the […]

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A Consumer Role in Food Safety?

July 20, 2016

SAGE has posted many articles on the rollout of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the new law’s unmistakable focus on holding the food industry responsible for preventing costly recalls that endanger the public. But what about the public — food consumers? Do they have a role to play in assuring a safe […]

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Is the Food Industry Ready for FSMA?

July 13, 2016

With just a few months until full compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) takes effect, the vast and complex food industry confronts a difficult management challenge: how to gear up for a raft of new regulations, standards and best industry practices while also maintaining production and avoiding food contamination outbreaks. The Food & […]

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The Challenge of Date Labeling

June 27, 2016

One of the food industry’s most vexing challenges is creating a food package date label that everyone understands. The problem, and potential solutions, are well-documented; here’s a report from 2014 that I co-authored that spells out the issue in detail. In fact, a comprehensive (albet voluntary) model open dating regulation created by the National Conference […]

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Tracking Food Contamination Outbreaks

May 16, 2016

There is dramatic evidence for consumers that food safety measures are increasingly sophisticated, which is a good thing. With little public attention, several recent and related recalls of a variety of food items suspected of being contaminated with Listeria have been carried out regionally and nationally since March. That’s the bad news. The good news […]

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