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US: The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – An Overview

Global Food Safety Resource: The primary purpose of the American Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is to improve food safety standards by changing both industry’s and government’s approach to food safety from reactive to preventive. As part of this comprehensive change, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been releasing rules to specifically address important aspects of food safety. These include the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals, the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, and the FSMA Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food. The changes are dramatic.

On their side, staff at the FDA is working to establish science-based standards for testing. One area they are specifically focusing on is safe production and harvesting of produce. The Produce Rule is one part of this ongoing process.

Read the full article at the Global Food Safety Resource website.