The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released for public comment two significant regulations promulgated under the 2011 Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new regulations relate to food produced and processed in foreign facilities and imported into the United States. Specifically, the regulations address the accreditation of third party auditors that will be required to certify the foreign facilities and the verification requirements of importers. The two regulations are discussed in more detail below:
The regulations remain subject to public comment. Comments are due by November 26, 2013. Final regulations are expected in 2014.
Earlier this year the FDA promulgated regulations establishing science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms. The FDA also proposed rules establishing preventive controls for human food that focuses on preventing problems that can cause foodborne illness. A general discussion of the regulations can be found at: http://www.gpmlaw.com/resources/newsletters/detail.aspx?id=7263&terms=food. The public comment period remains open for certain portions of the proposed regulations.
A general discussion of the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act can be found athttp://www.gpmlaw.com/resources/food-safety-modernization-act.aspx.
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