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Majority of FDA-registered food facilities now outside the U.S.

A majority of the food facilities required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are now located outside of the United States. Registrar Corp., based in Hampton, VA, says a response it received from FDA under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shows 207,655 food facilities were registered as of Jan. 1,… Continue Reading

FDA Finalizes FSMA Produce Safety Rule, Food Import Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized the next three major rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms, make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards, and establish a program for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies, also known… Continue Reading

FDA Finalizes FSMA Preventive Controls Rules For Human, Animal Foods

Four-and-a-half years after the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, the first two major rules have been finalized. On Aug. 31, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials announced that they had submitted the final rules on preventive controls in human and animal food to the Federal Register as required by the… Continue Reading

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

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

FDA Extends Comment Deadlines on Two FSMA Rules

Those interested in commenting on two parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – the foreign supplier verification program for importers and the accreditation of third-party auditors rule – will now have an additional two months to make their voices heard. Comments on the two proposed rules will now be accepted through Jan. 27,… Continue Reading

Three Food Safety Rules Grow Moldy at OIRA as Import-Related Outbreaks Continue

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About 15 percent of all foods we consume are imported. Looking at some particular categories, the numbers are far more striking: imports make up 91 percent of our seafood, 60 percent of our fruits and vegetables, and 61 percent of our honey. Most of these imports come from developing countries that lack any effective health… Continue Reading

Q&A With Michael Taylor, Part I: The Next FSMA Rules and Imports

A conversation  with FDA Deputy Commissioner of Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor on the coming foreign supplier verification rule and how the Food Safety Modernization Act aims to overhaul import oversight Q: I know you can’t talk timing specifics, but what can you tell us about the yet-to-be-released FSMA rules that the food industry… Continue Reading