FSMA Ushers In New Era of Shared Food Safety Responsibility

by Paul Bernish on September 16, 2016

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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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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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Washing Your Your Hands is Serious Business

April 27, 2016

It’s a mantra repeated often, every day, in the food industry: wash your hands. Retail store clerks putting out perishables, or production line workers processing chicken, beef or pork are repeatedly reminded to wash their hands to prevent the spread of harmful microbes that could make them sick and containinate food supplies. Up to now, […]

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Training for FSMA: Who Does It and How?

April 25, 2016

One of the major, but often overlooked, challenges when sweeping new legislation is enacted involves training the people — managers, production supervisors and shift workers — who will be required to implement and execute the regulations. Fortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took several steps in anticipation of that challenge, as outlined in this […]

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FSMA Gets Tough on Food Company Executives

April 3, 2016

Earlier this month, Henry’s Farm, Inc., located in Woodford, Virginia, and its owner Soo C. Park, was put out of business after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration documented multiple violations of federal food safety laws and regulations. The resulting Federal consent decree prohibits Henry’s Farm, Inc. from receiving, processing, manufacturing, preparing, packing, holding and […]

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