FDA Issues Two Proposed Rules Under Food Safety Modernization ActFriday, January 4, 2013
(American Meat Institute)
FDA has released for public comment a
proposed rule on Preventive Controls for Human
Food and a proposed rule on Standards for
Produce Safety. Both are part of the
ative food safety approach
established by the 2011 FDA Food Safety
Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed rules
build on existing voluntary industry guidelines
for food safety, which many producers, growers
and others currently follow.
The Preventive Controls for Human Food rule sets safety requirements for facilities that process, package or store food for people. The rule will require that food facilities implement “preventive controls,” requiring human food facilities to have a written plan that
evaluates hazards that are reasonably likely to
occur in food, such as pathogens
(disease-causing organisms) and
· specifies the steps that will be put in place to minimize or prevent those hazards.
· specifies how these controls will be monitored.
· maintains routine records of the monitoring.
· specifies what actions will be taken to correct problems that arise
The Standards for Produce Safety rule covers all fruits and vegetables except those rarely consumed raw, produced for personal consumption, or destined for commercial processing that will reduce microorganisms of public health concern. The rule requires that science-based standards be set for the production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables focused on areas of risk including agricultural water; biological soil amendments; health and hygiene; domesticated and wild animals; and equipment, tools and buildings.
Additional rules still to come include Foreign Supplier Verification for Importers, Accredited Third Party Certification, and Preventive Controls for Animal Food.
The proposed rules are scheduled to publish in the Federal Register on January 16. Comments are due within 120 days.
More on the proposed rules is available here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm334120.htm?source=govdelivery
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