Is a Food Safety Culture Possible?

by Paul Bernish on February 21, 2017

in FDA,Food Safety,FSMA,General,Recalls

In a presentation at a food safety conference recently, then-acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff observed that for the new food safety law to succeed, there needed to be a “food safety culture” throughout the global food chain. Dr. Ostroff didn’t define what that culture was, but his meaning was clear: insuring a safe food supply […]

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FSMA Infographic

by Paul Bernish on February 15, 2017

in FDA,Food Safety,FSMA,General

Anything as complex as the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) begs for a more simplified explanation. A good case in point is the myriad deadlines for implementation and compliance of the law by who is directly affected: large, small and very small food manufacturers (and their forest of suppliers), foreign-based food importers, transportation companies […]

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Will the Federal Regulatory Freeze Halt FSMA?

January 30, 2017

The quick answer is “no.” Here’s why: Every new Administration, Donald Trump’s being no exception, immediately calls a halt to pending federal regulations left over from the preceding White House occupants. Trump’s team imposed the freeze almost as its first official act. But, even though such announcements generate losts of headlines, taking this action is […]

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The Challenges of FSMA Compliance

January 19, 2017

WIth the new Food Safety Modernization Act now largely implemented, food manufacturers are coming to grips with the law’s many new requirements. One of the most daunting is the provision mandating that companies keep detailed records of how they maintain compliance with the law, including inspection reports, equipment cleaning, personnel training and many others. Here’s […]

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FSMA’s Future with the New Congress

November 20, 2016

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

November 3, 2016

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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