While the FDA proposed rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act have been temporarily delayed, don't be lured into a false sense of stasis. FSMA implementation is coming, and companies should be preparing now!
Posted: Apr 19, 2012
Upper Saddle River, NJ (April 19, 2012) While the FDA proposed rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act have been temporarily delayed, don't be lured into a false sense of stasis. FSMA implementation is coming, and companies should be preparing now!
One of the most significant changes wrought by FSMA will be the greatly expanded access that FDA will have to company records. Prior to FSMA, for most food facilities, FDA access was limited to labels and records of interstate shipment, and FDA needed to make a written request for shipment records. Under FSMA, FDA's records access authority is radically expanded. During routine inspections, FDA will be entitled to inspect and copy the inspected facility's hazard analysis, preventive controls plan, records validating its preventive controls, verification records, monitoring records, food safety training records and more. For importers, FDA may see its Foreign Supplier Verification Program and related records. And, that's just the beginning.
In response to these looming changes, The Food Institute will host a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 12pm-1pm EST to discuss recordkeeping requirements which require immediate action from all food and beverage companies. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.
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