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Food Safety Modernization Act - 12 Part Series


12-Part Webinar Series and Individual Webinar - Presented by The Food Institute and OFW Law

The Food Institute and premier FDA/USDA law firm OFW Law are offering a 12-part webinar series on the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years. OFW Law offers unparalleled insight into the Food and Drug Administration's implementation of FSMA as it aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it.

Purchasers of the full series will receive access to all past webinar recordings, and the accompanying presentation slides, and access to any future webinars that are offered as part of the series. To purchase individual webinar recordings, please contact April Brendel at 201-791-5570 x. 218 or


(Webinar #11) January 28, 2016 - Foreign Supplier Verification, Produce Safety, and Third Party Certification 

This webinar focused on the most recently published rules: Foreign Supplier Verification, Produce Safety, and Third Party Certification.

(Webinar #10) Sept. 24, 2015 - Preventive Controls for Human Food and Animal Food

This webinar focused on the first two final rules to be published: Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food, both of which were issued on August 30, 2015.

(Webinar #9) Dec. 2, 2014 - The Potential  Impact of the Proposed Changes to Four FSMA Rules

OFW Law offered unparallel insight on FDA's tweaks to its four foundational FSMA proposed rules: Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs. FDA officials are claiming that the changes would increase the flexibility of the proposed rules and reduce the burden of compliance. While that is true for the most part, the proposed changes would also increase the burden on industry in some respects. Another concern is the use of somewhat vague or subjective standards that will require further explanation in guidance and inevitably leave much discretion to FDA field inspectors. Robert Hahn, a principal at OFW Law specializing in FDA regulation of food and dietary supplements, guides you through these proposed changes.

(Webinar #8) March 12, 2014 -  Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration 

FDA's proposed rule to address hazards that may be intentionally introduced into food by acts of terrorism will require, for the first time, that registered food facilities implement a written food defense plan with mitigation strategies to control the risk of intentional adulteration.  Importantly, the proposed rule would address only one type of intentional adulteration: intentional adulteration by acts of terrorism.

(Webinar #7) Sept. 17, 2013  - The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers And Accreditation of Third Party Auditors/Certification Bodies
Participants Walked Away Knowing:
1 Who is an "importer" covered by the FSVP proposed rule
2. The foreign supplier verification requirements for covered importers
3. Which imported foods are exempt from foreign supplier verification
4. Which imported foods are subject to modified/reduced foreign supplier verification requirements
5. What records FDA will have access to if a foreign facility is audited by an accredited third party auditor
6. How FDA intends to use the certifications that will be issued by accredited third party auditors

(Webinar #6) January 24, 2013
Topics included (but not limited to):
1. Preventive Controls & Hazard Analysis for Human Food
2. Analysis of changes to registration protocol
3. Amendments to CGMP regulations
4. Discussion of what's not in proposed rules .. but expected to be
5. Updates in recordkeeping regulations

(Webinar #5) May 15, 2012
Topics included (but not limited to):
1. Regulations stalled at Office of Management & Budget - Understanding the Delay
2. Records Access Under FSMA: Pre-FSMA Authority vs. FDA's New Authority
3. Discussion on Record-Keeping Requirements
4. Emergency Records Access
5. In-plant Photography

(Webinar #4) December 13, 2011
Topics included (but not limited to):
1. FDA Implementation Update
2. Implementing a Food Defense Plan
3. FSMA Provisions

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4. What is Legally Required vs. What is Highly Recommended?
5. Selecting Mitigation Strategies

(Webinar #3) September 20, 2011
Topics included (but not limited to):
1. Reinspection Fees
2. Traceability
3. Recordkeeping
4. New Dietary Ingredient Notification
5. Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls: What the new rule will likely include

(Webinar #2) June 28, 2011
Topics included (but not limited to):
1. How FDA Implementation Team will work
2. Overview of Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls
3. Inspections
4. Compliance & Enforcement, including Administrative Detention, Suspension of Regulation and Mandatory Recalls

(Webinar #1) May 25, 2011
Topics included (but not limited to): 1. New Requirements for Registered Food Facilities
2. Increased Inspection Frequency
3. New Requirements for Imported Foods, including the Foreign Supplier Verification Program and the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program
4. Other New Responsibilities, ie: Performance Standards, Lab Testing, Sanitary Transportation of Food, Whistleblower Protection
5. New FDA Powers highlighting Mandatory Recall Authority; Authority to suspend Facility Registration; Expanded Records Access Authority and more

About The Food Institute

The Food Institute is a nonprofit organization with a single purpose: providing information. The Food Institute strives to be the best "single source" for current, timely and relevant information about the food industry from "farm to fork."

About OFW Law

OFW Law is regarded as the nation's premier FDA and USDA law firm, serving clients before federal agencies, courts and Congress. OFW Law provides legal and bipartisan government affairs representation to companies and trade associations in the food, rug, medical device and agricultural industries.

*Food Institute Members pay $995.00 for the whole series. Please contact April 201-791-5570 ext. 210 to request your Member Promo Code.

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