Update 9/19/14: FDA Seeks to Make FSMA Proposals More Flexible, Targeted
Final Rules and Policy
Food Safety Modernization Act
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) The most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
Proposed Preventive Controls Rule
Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance http://www.iit.edu/ifsh/alliance/
From the website: Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is a broad-based public-private alliance consisting of key industry, academic and government stakeholders whose mission is to support safe food production by developing a nationwide core curriculum, training and outreach programs to assist companies producing human and animal food in complying with the preventive controls regulations that will be part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA).
Proposed Produce Safety Rule
- Proposed Rule under FSMA for Produce: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (FDA)
- Produce Safety Alliance http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/psa.html
From the website: The PSA is developing a nationwide curriculum to increase understanding of the principles of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and to facilitate the implementation of food safety practices on fresh fruit and vegetable farms and in packinghouses.
- FSMA Proposed Rule for Produce Safety
- Interview with Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine
- Does this Rule Apply to You? (diagram)
- Commodities Related to Outbreaks Change Frequently (added July 17, 2013)
- Agricultural Water and Diagram: Subpart E (added July 17, 2013)
- Personnel Qualifications, Training, and Health and Hygiene: Subparts C and D
- Biological Soil Amendments: Subpart F
- Domesticated and Wild Animals: Subpart I
- Equipment, Tools, Buildings, and Sanitation: Subpart L
- Sprouts: Subpart M
- Alternatives and Variances (added July 17, 2013)
The Western Center for Food Safety was asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to facilitate the development of research protocols for scientific studies that evaluate the persistence of foodborne pathogens in the environment and on the edible portions of fresh produce following:
- application of potentially contaminated untreated soil amendments of animal origin to land used to grow fresh produce or
- application of potentially contaminated agricultural water applied to the edible portion of the crop
The Agricultural Water and Soil Amendment framework documents were developed by two committees through a series of webinars, e-mail communication and a workshop that was held in Davis, CA in October 2011. Additional academic, government and industry food safety experts reviewed the draft documents prior to submission to the Journal of Food Protection.