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The Food Safety Modernization Act

Background

On January 4, 2011, President Barak Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act. (FSMA).  The law enables the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases.  According to the FDA, this law provides FDA with new enforcement authorities designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention-and risk‐based food safety standards and to better respond to and contain problems when they do occur. The law also gives FDA important new tools to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods and directs FDA to build an integrated national food safety system in partnership with state and local authorities. 

Proposed Regulations

Part II- Produce Safety

Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce
for Human Consumption

Part III - Preventative Controls for Animal Food

Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based
Preventive Controls for Food for Animals

Part IV - Preventative Controls for Human Food

Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based
Preventive Controls for Food for Animals

Part V - Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans
and Animals

Food Safety Modernization Act Domestic and Foreign Facility Reinspection, Recall, and Importer Reinspection Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2015 - Click Here

FDA Resources

Operational Strategy for Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act - Click Here

Timeline of all Released Items - Click Here

FDA Reports and Studies - Click Here