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Comprehensive verification toolkit is needed domestically, too


Dan Flynn’s June 6 article in Food Safety News, “Third-party auditor certification: Not the only tool in the toolkit,” makes the case that the Food and Drug Administration should not overly rely on third-party audits to oversee the safety of imported foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This is certainly true for imported foods, given that Congress included… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’


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 May Exempt Farm-to-Consumer Sales from FSMA Preventive Controls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to amend and improve its regulations on food facility registration. Facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for consumption in the U.S. must register with FDA, but “retail food establishments,” farms, restaurants and certain other entities are exempt from the requirement. The… Continue Reading

Small-Scale and Organic Farmers Facing FSMA Comment Deadline

Small-scale and/or organic farmers are being alerted to the impending deadline of Monday, Dec. 15, for submitting comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s revisions to the proposed food-safety rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act. Signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011, FSMA focuses on preventing foodborne illnesses instead of merely reacting to them…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Praise for Procrastination

Once while taking a final examination in college, I was introduced by the professor as a new student in the class. Being just a little slow to get to classes was the sign of a procrastinator. I’ve always fought against being one, but I’ve come to accept that we are a nation of procrastinators. That… Continue Reading

Pushback Begins Against FSMA On-the-Farm Rules

UPDATE:   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended today’s deadline for comments for both the produce rule and the preventive controls rule for one week to make up for time lost due to the website issues described below.   FDA also announced that comments for the Environmental Impact Statement on the produce rule  is… Continue Reading

FDA Expands Outreach to Farmers Concerned About FSMA Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday stepped up its outreach to small- and medium-sized growers by launching more resources to help explain the sweeping new food safety rules. The move comes after several news outlets ran stories highlighting farmers’ concerns about the costs of the regulations, which were mandated by Congress in the… Continue Reading

FDA Considering Extension of FSMA Produce Safety Comment Deadline

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering extending the May 16 comment deadline on the produce safety rule in response to multiple requests by stakeholders, an agency official said Monday. “That’s seriously being considered,” said James Gorny, the agency’s Senior Adviser for Produce Safety, when asked about the possibility of an extension during a… Continue Reading