Food Safety Modernization Act

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President Barack Obama signed into law the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) on January 4, 2011. FSMA is the greatest expansion of FDA’s food regulatory authority since the enactment in 1938 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

FSMA enlarges FDA’s power to regulate the safety procedures, domestically and internationally, for the producing, manufacturing, packaging, storing, and transporting food. Also, FSMA provides FDA with new powers to regulate food imports by increasing FDA's ability to inspect foreign and domestic facilities, increasing FDA's enforcement powers, (including broadening FDA's administrative detention powers and FDA's ability to obtain information), and granting FDA the authority to issue mandatory recalls. Food manufacturers, importers, and distributors must begin preparing now to comply with the new requirements. 

BLOGS (2013)

FSMA Comment Period Extended – Again [Blog 11.25.2013]

New FSVP Requirements Force Importers To Become Food Safety Experts [Blog 7.29.2013]

Prior Notice for Imported Foods: “Previously Refused by Any Country [Blog 5.31.2013]

American Food is More Dangerous than Imported Food [Blog 4.25.2013]

How Will New FSMA Proposed Rules Impact Chinese Food Companies? New Video (Chinese) [Blog 3.6.2013]

What Evidence? FDA Issues Administrative Detention of Food Final Rule, Carte Blanche Power Here to Stay [Blog 2.5.2013]

FDA's "Mixed (Up) Type" Food Facilities? Changes Coming to FDA's Food Facility Registration for Farms Under FSMA [Blog 1.18.2013}

FDA Warning Letter Shows FDA Already Acting Under FSMA Produce Safety Proposed Rule [Blog 1.16.2013]

FDA's Proposed Changes to current Good Manufacturing Practices for Foods Rearrage Old Rules While imposing Important New Requirements and New Costs [Blog 1.5.2013]

• Proposed Regulatory Standards for Produce Safety Under FSMA: FDA Begins to Regulate Farms [Blog 1.5.2013]

FDA Publishes Proposed HARPC Rule: Food Facilities Take Note! [Blog 1.5.2013]

BLOGS (2012)

• FDA Suspends Food Facility Registration for First Time Under FSMA, Shows Off New Powers [Blog 11.30.2012]

• How Will Election Results Impact FSMA, Imports, Other Food Safety Trends? [Blog 11.16.2012]

• FSMA Reinspection Fees for FY 2013 [Blog 9.4.2012]

• FMSA Biennial Registration for Food Facilities [Blog 8.27.2012]

• FSMA Late for July 4 2012 Deadlines [Blog 7.3.2012]

• What are the FSMA Time Bombs? [Blog 6.6.2012]

• FSMA: The Sound of Silence [Blog 4.24.2012]

• FDA's Interim Final Rule for Food Records Access [Blog 3.5.2012]

• FDA Reports to Congress on FDA Foreign Offices [Blog 3.2.2012]

• FSMA Stumbles into 2012, Already Behind the 8-Ball [Blog 1.10.2012]

VIDEOS

FSMA Video Update (Chinese) [Video 3.5.2013]

• VIDEO UPDATES: January 2013
HARPCStandards for Produce Safety Importer and Foreign Supplier Impact Outtakes

• FSMA: A Four Letter Word (With Food Chemical News) [Video 9.17.2012]

• FSMA Video Overview [YouTube Video Playlist]

RESOURCES

US Senate Passes The Food Safety Modernization Act: Importers Beware! [Article]

• FSMA: Scope, Impact & Implementation [Slideshow]

FSMA Implementation Timeline [Article]

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