Entries tagged with: Fsma

FDA extends some FSMA compliance dates, releases guidance

FDA has extended some of the compliance deadlines for parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and has issued draft guidance for a key portion of the law, the Produce Safety Rule. The changes affect compliance dates for parts of the current good manufacturing practices and preventive controls rules for human and animal food, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and the Produce Safety Rule. The changes allow more time for manufacturers to meet…  » Read more

NSAC welcomes food facility final rule

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has issued a statement welcoming the issuance of the FDA's final rule amending the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for food facility registration. Read the statement below. The local and regional farm and food community has long awaited this final rule, which provides much-needed clarity for direct marketing farms and food enterprises, preventing undue regulation of these businesses. By redefining the term “retail food establishments”, the FDA provides clear distinctions between which farms…  » Read more

FSMA updates food facility registration

The FDA today finalized a rule as part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to improve the accuracy of the food facility registration database. The Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities final rule updates FDA’s food facility registration requirements by requiring additional registration information that will improve the accuracy of the food facility registration database for facilities both in the United States and abroad, FDA said. This final rule will support the FDA’s efforts to act quickly…  » Read more

New FSMA final rule issued

The FDA has finalized a new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent wide-scale public health harm by requiring companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. A webinar is planned for June 21 to present key pieces of theMitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration final rule. Under the final rule, both domestic and foreign food facilities,…  » Read more

FDA hosting public meetings on FSMA implementation

The FDA will host three one-day public meetings, entitled “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Focus on Strategic Implementation of Prevention-Oriented Import Safety Programs.” The public meetings will be held in different regions throughout the U.S. to provide importers and other interested persons an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion on the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) import safety programs. The public meetings scheduled will take place: June 7, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Hilton Costa…  » Read more

Rutgers hosts FSMA training in preventive controls

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC) has scheduled training in Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) at the Kearny Point Industrial Park on June 8-10. The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction over two and a half days. Participants will earn an official Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) certificate for becoming an FDA-recognized “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” (PCQI) with the credentials for creating a FDA Food Safety Plan with hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls. Donna Schaffner, associate director…  » Read more

Webinar set for FSMA transportation rule

The FDA will host a webinar on April 25  to discuss pieces of the Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. The webinar will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.  Under this rule, anyone transporting human and animal food—including shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers—must follow sanitary transportation procedures, such as properly refrigerating food, ensuring vehicles are sufficiently cleaned between loads and protecting food during transportation. Depending on the…  » Read more

USDA funds food safety programs for small farms

USDA has made $4.7 million available in grants for food safety education, training, and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers, food hubs, farmers’ markets, and others.  The grants, offered through the Food Safety Outreach Program and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), are designed to help these stakeholders comply with new…  » Read more

FDA publishes Sanitary Transportation rule

The FDA has finalized a new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent food contamination during transportation. The rule will require those involved in transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary transportation, such as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads and properly protecting food during transportation. The rule implements the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 (SFTA) as well…  » Read more

FSMA transportation final rule to be made public

The FDA has submitted the sanitary transportation final rule to the Federal Register for publication. The goal of the final rule is “to prevent practices that create food safety risks, such as failure to properly refrigerate food, inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads, and failure to properly protect food during transportation.” The rule on the sanitary transportation of human and animal food would establish requirements for: Vehicles and transportation equipment: The design and maintenance of vehicles and transportation…  » Read more

Questions to ask water testing labs

Choosing a water testing lab to determine surface water quality to comply with food safety laws may seem straightforward. It isn’t. With the introduction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), small differences may have a big impact on whether or not your results are acceptable to an inspector or not. Knowing the answers to some key questions in advance of sending samples in can make all the difference. Do you…  » Read more

FDA announces funding for implementing FSMA

The FDA has allocated $19 million to help state agencies support implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Specifically, these funds will be used to support implementation of the Produce Safety rule, which became final in November 2015 and establishes enforceable safety standards for the production and harvesting of produce on farms. Implementation of the produce rule is dependent on partnerships between FDA and the states. To support that partnership, the FDA announced the availability of…  » Read more

Water sampling for FSMA compliance

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule on Produce Safety. One area that was tweaked in the final rule from the proposed rule was clarification around sampling when testing irrigation water for fresh produce. Recall that the FSMA classifies two types of water used in the field: agricultural and indirect water. If water comes into direct contact with the harvestable portion of a plant, it is considered agricultural water. If…  » Read more

FDA announces funding for training under FSMA

The FDA announced two opportunities for funding, in the form of cooperative agreements, to enhance food safety under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The first cooperative agreement is for Native American Tribes Outreach, Education and Training to enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance. The second cooperative agreement is for Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance. The outreach, education and training needs addressed in these cooperative agreements is to focus on applicable federal…  » Read more

Understanding exemptions under Food Safety Modernization Act

New rules are here for produce growers. As many growers are aware, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for the first time regulates the growing of fresh produce under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FSMA spans over 500 pages and is extremely complex. Part of this complexity begins when growers try to determine if they are exempt or qualify under the rule. The federal government has determined all growers that gross less than $25,000 are considered exempt…  » Read more

United Fresh announces food safety training courses

United Fresh is launching a new training program to assist produce industry members in complying with the Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. United Fresh will deliver FDA-approved training for growers and fresh-cut processors using curricula from the Produce Safety Alliance(PSA) and the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) to address the two different regulations. United Fresh has scheduled three FSPCA training sessions to train what are known as “Preventive…  » Read more

Produce groups to host webinars on FSMA final rules

Industry members will have an opportunity to interact with FDA and ask questions about three final Food Safety Modernization Act rules and their implementation requirements via two free webinars. Each of the 90-minute webinars is hosted by Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association, in partnership with regional produce associations. Registration is now available online. The webinar covering the produce safety rule will be Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST. The webinar covering the…  » Read more

Trio of final FSMA rules published in Federal Register

FDA has published three final rules that are key components of the revised Food Safety Modernization Act. The rules are accessible through the online Federal Register links below. The Produce Safety rule establishes science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce that are designed to work effectively for food safety across the wide diversity of produce farms. The Foreign Supplier Verification Program rule requires food importers to verify that foreign suppliers are producing food…  » Read more

More final FSMA rules submitted to Federal Register

FDA has submitted the final produce safety, foreign supplier verification and third party accreditation rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act to the Federal Register for publication, as required by the court. An additional rule, one covering preventive controls, was submitted Aug. 31. Documents submitted to the Federal Register can publish several days after they are submitted, with larger documents taking longer to process and display. The FDA said it is committed to sharing information…  » Read more