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FDA Issues Two Proposed Rules Under Food Safety Modernization Act

Friday, 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 preventative 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 allergens.
·         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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