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FDA’s New Food Safety Rules Won’t Accomplish Much



(This article was posted here on Nov. 21, 2015, and is reposted with permission from the author.) In mid-November, I spent two days lecturing to a group of visiting food-safety regulators from China’s Hubei province. I shared a great deal of current and historical food safety facts with them. The data that really stunned these… Continue Reading

White House Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Plan


The White House has released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for fall 2015, which provides an overview of the Obama administration’s regulatory plans for the coming year. Two final rules expected to be released next month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)… Continue Reading

FDA Ramping Up Microbiological Sampling of Cucumbers, Hot Peppers


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing its microbiological testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, two vegetables that have been linked with several foodborne outbreaks. The agency has a more robust surveillance sampling approach under development, and one piece of it is the new microbiological surveillance sampling model designed to identify patterns that could… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’


Mike Taylor

Only two more Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules remain to be finalized. Final rules for Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration are due out next spring. But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release last week of final FSMA rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accredited Third Party Verification, long-sought reform… 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

Harmonization in Food Safety Starts From Within



We can all agree that consumers should never have to worry whether their food is safe. Where agreement doesn’t exist, however, is in the how. How do we best monitor for chemical, biological and physical contaminants, how do we report and to whom, and how much regulation is too much? Even as industry continues to… Continue Reading

The Complexities of Defining a ‘Farm’ Under FSMA


What is a farm? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned in recent years that this isn’t an easy question to answer. The agency has had to define “farm” for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) because farms are subject to the law’s produce safety rule but not the preventive controls rules. According… Continue Reading

Learning to ‘Bridge the GAPs’ for Small and Mid-Sized Farms


Waging a successful battle against the foodborne pathogens that can sicken people — or even kill them — takes some creative strategizing on the part of small- and mid-size farms, primarily because they’re so different from large farms and even from one another. With that in mind, about 25 people took advantage of the invitation to come to… Continue Reading

FDA Shares Its FSMA Training Strategy


In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successfully implemented, training is key. Employees in the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with FSMA rules, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a plan for facilitating this training, along with the help of… Continue Reading

Will FSMA Make a Difference?



To answer the question of whether the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will make a difference, I want to take a look historically at why FSMA ever got passed by Congress. To do this, I have to wind the clock back almost 10 years. The only thing that got FSMA through Congress — and those… Continue Reading