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FSMA Rule Revisions a ‘Huge Win’ for the Organic Sector

Organic food producers are very pleased with the Food and Drug Administration’s revised provisions for the produce safety rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “It’s a huge win,” says Gwendolyn Wyard, regulatory director of Organic Standards and Food Safety with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). These changes are about making sure the rules… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Four Revised FSMA Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published its revised provisions to four of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on Friday morning. Certain aspects of the rules for produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) have been modified to provide more flexibility to producers and… Continue Reading

FDA to Issue Two Revised FSMA Rules Next Summer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will propose revised rule language and open another comment period on two of the proposed rules affecting farmers under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA plans to issue revised language for the proposed rules on produce safety and preventive controls for human food by early… Continue Reading

Many in Congress Want to Give FDA a ‘Do-Over’ on Draft Rules

Among nearly 20,000 written comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on draft rules regarding produce and preventive controls are letters from lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), which is trying to nudge FDA into doing a second draft of the rules, made sure the media would notice several… 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

Preventive Controls: Daunting for Some, Standard Procedure for Seafood

The concept of “preventive controls” is an anxiety-producing one for many FDA-regulated food companies right now as the agency prepares to issue a final rule that will make hazard-prevention measures mandatory for processing facilities. As Food Safety News reported last week, trepidation is especially high among smaller firms, which are balking at potential costs of meeting… Continue Reading

Proposed Rule for Food Processors Alarms Some, Confuses Many

“Coming down like a ton of bricks.” “Complicated and interwoven.” “Costly.” “The end of many small- and mid-size farms and food processors.” “Never heard of it.” “A work in progress.” When asked about FDA’s new proposed rule for food processing facilities, that’s how a sustainable-agriculture advocate, a food-safety expert for a large fresh produce association,… Continue Reading

FDA’s Preventive Controls: Moving to HACCP and Beyond

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has required meat and poultry facilities to operate under risk-prevention Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points systems since the late 1990s. But other than the seafood and juice industries, no food makers regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been asked to do the same. With the passage… Continue Reading