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Food Safety Checklists Take Their Place Alongside Those Used in Aviation and Medicine

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When a Boston surgeon, author, and public health expert came out in late 2009 with the seminal book, “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” the timing could not have been better for the food industry. The book became popular, especially among industry executives, during 2010, the year when Congress adopted the Food Safety… Continue Reading

Making Room for the Human Element in Food Safety Auditing

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(This article by Roy Costa, a registered sanitarian and president of the consulting firm Environ Health Associates Inc., was originally posted here on June 18, 2015.) In today’s world of food safety requirements, food producers large and small and at all levels of the supply chain are subject to increasingly rigorous industry-driven food safety standards and audits…. Continue Reading

Reid Calls for Full FSMA Funding on Senate Floor

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urged Congress to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in his remarks Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. “Unfortunately for many Americans, falling ill from contaminated food has become all too regular,” Reid said. He described the experiences of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush, both of whom became… Continue Reading

How the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Food Safety

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This is the year that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins rolling out key components of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the sweeping law meant to modernize the U.S. food safety system. And, as part of that legislation, FDA is requiring significantly more detailed monitoring and record-keeping on the part of food producers. One… Continue Reading

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance for Expedited Importer Program

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One requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop a program to expedite food imports to the U.S. from importers with a proven food safety track record. On Thursday, FDA published draft guidance for industry explaining how the new fee-based Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP)… Continue Reading

In Response to Michael Taylor

Opinion

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(This article by Roy Costa, a registered sanitarian and president of the consulting firm Environ Health Associates Inc., was originally posted here on May 22, 2015.) I appreciate Michael Taylor’s comments in the recent article (“Blue Bell and the Very Real Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act”) posted on Food Safety News and also believe that FSMA… Continue Reading

Building an ‘Integrated Food Safety System’ Will Take All of Us

Opinion

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Mike Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods, stated in his address before the 2015 Food Safety Summit that, “If we were starting from scratch, [America’s food safety system] would look different.” Under Taylor’s leadership, FDA’s implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) envisions an “integrated food safety system” to… Continue Reading

White House Releases Spring 2015 Regulatory Plan

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Last week, the White House released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for spring 2015. As with previous agendas for the Food and Drug Administration, finalizing the major rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are a priority. The rules regarding preventive controls for human food and preventive… Continue Reading

Blue Bell and the Very Real Impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Opinion

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(This article by Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was originally posted here on May 20, 2015.) Could the deadly outbreak of illnesses tied to contaminated ice cream have been prevented? It’s an important question, one that is on the minds of many in… Continue Reading