The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed by the U.S. Congress in 2011, represents the first major reform to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety authority in over 70 years. The FDA has regulatory authority to ensure the safety of about 80% of all domestic and imported foods. (The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates most meats, poultry, and processed egg products.) This new law is intended to shift FDA focus to better protect public health by preventing food safety issues rather than reacting to outbreaks. All food companies – food producers, processors, packers and distributors – are subject to these new rules. FSMA is transforming the nation’s food safety system by putting in place measures proven effective in preventing contamination.
This session will address the new role of the FDA in food safety and what it means to the food industry; explain the seven FSMA foundational rules; present ways to create a “food safety” culture within the food industry; and provide resources available for FSMA compliance.