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Senators, Food Industry Groups Call for More FSMA Funding

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On the heels of a high-profile Listeria outbreak and the recall of all Blue Bell ice cream products, seven Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday called on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by approving President Obama’s request for an additional $109.5 million to implement the law. The U.S…. Continue Reading

Listeria Victims Address FDA, Food Industry Officials in D.C.

Brad Frey holds his phone while a video plays of his parents dancing in their driveway two years ago. His mother, Shirlee Jean, died from a Listeria infection in December after eating a contaminated caramel apple. Frey and other victims shared their stories with federal lawmakers last week in Washington D.C.

A year ago, Brad Frey never would have imagined he’d be standing in front of officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and urging them to do more to prevent outbreaks of Listeria monocytogenes. Despite living in the middle of “crop country” outside Santa Cruz, CA, he had never heard of Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne bacteria less well-known… Continue Reading

FDA Kicks Off the ‘Year of the Food Safety Modernization Act’

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In front of hundreds of food industry and trade association representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented its unified plan to roll out and implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed by President Obama in January 2011, FSMA will bring about the most sweeping changes to the U.S. food… Continue Reading

A Look Back at Food Safety During Obama’s First Six Years

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Since the Obama administration took over the executive branch more than six years ago, foodborne illnesses from meat, poultry and eggs — products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — has been falling. In fact, just from fiscal year 2013 to 2014, illnesses from meat and poultry has fallen by 10 percent, according to… Continue Reading

Are Baked Goods Ready for FSMA?

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Many bakers and baked food manufacturers may have additional work to do to prepare for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a food safety specialist speaking with BakeryandSnacks.com. Ovens have long been seen as the kill step guaranteeing safety in baked goods, but bakers may not be able to take the… Continue Reading

144 Food Industry Employees Filed FSMA Whistleblower Complaints From 2011-2014

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Food industry employees have been using the whistleblower protections provided under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ever since it was signed into law, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA reports that it has received 144 whistleblower complaints under FSMA, beginning with 17 in 2011. FSMA’s Section… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: FSMA Section 402

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We’re soon going to find out what Section 402 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) means. Section 402 is one of those “miscellaneous provisions” of the FSMA that has not received much attention until now, but it’s been on the minds of food industry attorneys and human resource managers ever since the FSMA was… Continue Reading

The Future is Now for the Food Safety Modernization Act

Opinion

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We all knew FSMA was a big deal when Congress passed it a little over four years ago. After a decade of illness outbreaks, import safety problems, and market disruptions that shook consumer confidence and imposed billions of dollars in costs on the food system, Congress mandated a paradigm shift to prevention — to establishing a… Continue Reading

Choctaw Leader: FDA Should Formally Consult With Tribes or Exempt Them From FSMA

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Shannon McDaniel, executive director of tribal operations, has made a simple and straightforward request on behalf of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He wants all 565 federally recognized tribes exempted from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Or, to put it in his own words and more specifically, McDaniel wants the U.S. Food and Drug… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Food Safety Regulation

Opinion

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Whether it’s irony or just fortunate timing, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), with its new package of regulations, is coming to life just as bipartisan majorities in Congress appear to be getting serious about putting a bridle on a runaway bureaucracy. On Jan. 15, 2015, Lydia Zuraw, Washington, D.C., correspondent for Food Safety News, reported that… Continue Reading