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Implementing FSMA: Records Management
Implementing FSMA: Records Management

Food Safety Magazine spoke with Ronald J. Levine, Esq., of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, on his recommendations for handling records management under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FDA Outlook on Funding for FSMA Enforcement
FDA Outlook on Funding for FSMA Enforcement

This update provides an overview of the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) summary of key funding required from Congress for FDA’s efforts to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) based on its current and proposed budget authority.

Produce Safety: Protecting Public Health from the Ground Up
Produce Safety: Protecting Public Health from the Ground Up

Some of the evolving key provisions in the Produce Safety Rule are discussed, along with the ongoing public discussion between FDA and members of the food industry.

The FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program: What U.S. Importers Need to Know
The FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program: What U.S. Importers Need to Know

While importers wait for the final version of the Food Safety Verification Program, they should take steps now to prepare. Read more to find out if you all the steps in place for a smooth transition.

 

Lab Outsourcing: What You Need to Know
Lab Outsourcing:  What You Need to Know

Outsourcing is not for everyone, and many companies operate highly efficient internal laboratories.

Last Opportunity for Public Comment on FSMA Regulations
Last Opportunity for Public Comment on FSMA Regulations

Four supplemental rules that pertain to Preventative Controls for Human Food, Preventative Controls for Animal Food, Produce Safety and Foreign Supplier Verification remain open for public comment until December 15, 2014. Don’t miss your chance to add your 2 cents!

The Role of the Cooperative Extension in Food Safety
The Role of the Cooperative Extension in Food Safety

Cooperative Extension faces many challenges and opportunities as the system moves into its second century.

Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze
Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze

Tracebacks are painstaking efforts that require investigators to be both detectives and scientists.

Pest Management SOPs for Food Processing Plants and the Importance of FSMA
Pest Management SOPs for Food Processing Plants and the Importance of FSMA

One key aspect of sanitation is the prevention and immediate elimination of any and all pest infestations in a food plant.

Leveraging FDA’s cGMPs and HACCP Regulations to Protect Your Company
Leveraging FDA’s cGMPs and HACCP Regulations to Protect Your Company

Proactive compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulations may minimize your exposure to contamination outbreaks and recalls, government investigations and lawsuits.

Who Is “Qualified” to Implement FSMA?
Who Is “Qualified” to Implement FSMA?

At present, it is unclear who at a food company is a “qualified individual” for purposes of implementing the new requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Liability for Imported Foods & the Foreign Supplier Verification Program
Liability for Imported Foods & the Foreign Supplier Verification Program

As approximately 15 percent of all food in the United States is reportedly imported, it is no surprise that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has focused on foreign supplier verification. How do these regulations impact you?

FDA Pegs Food Industry With Primary Responsibility For Implementing And Monitoring FSMA Reforms
FDA Pegs Food Industry With Primary Responsibility For Implementing And Monitoring FSMA Reforms

By placing primary responsibility for food safety on the industry itself, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to dedicate its resources to providing technical expertise, setting and fostering compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and modifying protocols as needed.

By-Products in Animal Food: Not Getting a Free Pass
By-Products in Animal Food: Not Getting a Free Pass

Breweries and distilleries have long sold spent grains, a by-product of the brewing process, as an ingredient for animal feed. How will they fare under the Food Safety Modernization Act?

OSHA Issues New Rule for Food Safety Whistleblowers
OSHA Issues New Rule for Food Safety Whistleblowers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) interim final rule governing the handling of whistleblower complaints under Section 402 of the Food Safety Modernization Act is discussed. What does it mean for you?

 

View from the Specialty Tea Industry: Extending the Food Safety Net
View from the Specialty Tea Industry: Extending the Food Safety Net

Importers will become the front line for food safety if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandates verification of compliance with U.S. food safety laws by foreign suppliers.

Are You Making High-Risk Food? FDA Wants To Know
Are You Making High-Risk Food? FDA Wants To Know

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a risk-ranking model for determining high-risk foods, as it requires a data-driven, comprehensive assessment tied to public health risk. How do your food products stack up?

 

FSMA-Related Whistleblower Claims Are On the Rise
FSMA-Related Whistleblower Claims Are On the Rise

The lawsuit that two consumer advocacy groups brought to compel deadlines for final publication of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been settled against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more about the implications of the agreement.

Preparation Is Key to Staying off FSMA’s Annual Mandatory Recall Report
Preparation Is Key to Staying off FSMA’s Annual Mandatory Recall Report

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to submit to Congress an annual report on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s exercise of its new mandatory recall authority.

 

Will Your HACCP Plan Be Acceptable under FSMA?
Will Your HACCP Plan Be Acceptable under FSMA?

The requirements described in the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls-proposed regulation indicate that FDA will be taking longer and harder looks at what food processors are doing to ensure the safety of what they are manufacturing.

 

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