FDA Debuts Easy-To-Access FSMA Information

FDA Debuts Easy-To-Access FSMA Information

The FDA has launched a new FSMA landing page on FDA.gov to help stakeholders more easily access information and resources about the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to help them comply the rules.

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In addition, FDA has also updated its Produce Safety Rule page with the most current information on the rule’s requirements, compliance dates, training, technical assistance, and other resources. The first major compliance date for large farms (other than sprout growers) under the Produce Safety Rule has recently arrived. However, in September 2017, FDA announced that routine inspections under the rule would be postponed until Spring 2019 to allow time during this upcoming year for additional education, outreach, and training.

The Produce Safety Rule mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce grown for human consumption; marking a fundamental shift from reacting to food safety problems to preventing them before they occur.

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Dale Johnson says:

Folks, you are a little too quick to characterize the EWG report on pesticide residues in some common foods as ‘inaccurate and harmful’. Perhaps a better approach might be to pull back and do an honest assessment of what’s alleged in the ‘dirty dozen’ report.

The Environmental Working Group is coming from the standpoint of trying to inform the interested public of what may be harmful effects to their health. The food production industry is coming from a profit driven perspective. Nothing wrong with deriving profit from food production, and we certainly need the agricultural industry in our society and our economy. But a forthright examination of common practices within the agricultural industry may be more beneficial internally than simple denial of what seems to be some carefully conducted research.