The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces changes to the Food Safety Modernization Act initiated from an “unprecedented level” of comments issued by stakeholders. The changes, according to the FDA, are designed to make the rules more “flexible, practical and targeted.”
The proposed changes target each program under the act: Produce Safety, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.
Produce Safety: Updates to water-quality and testing requirements, as well as to provisions on manure use.
Preventive Controls for Human Food: Updates to proposed requirements for product testing, environmental monitoring and supplier controls; as well as changes to requirements for farms that pack or hold food from other farms.
Preventive Controls for Animal Food: Updates to proposed requirements for product testing, environmental monitoring and supplier controls; as well as changes to requirements for human food facilities providing a byproduct to animal food.
Foreign Supplier Verification Programs: Updates to propose a more comprehensive evaluation of food and supplier risks, and a more flexible approach to determining supplier verification activities.
IWLA is in the process of reviewing these changes and determining whether to issue comments back to the FDA in the next 75 days. This comment period may be the last before the final ruling is issued in 2015. Stay tuned.