FSMA UPDATEby Nancy McDonald on 08/22/14
FDA Issues Two Proposed Rules under FSMA to Strengthen the Oversight of Imported Foods
July 26, 2013
Today, FDA issued two proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aimed at strengthening assurances that imported food meets the same safety standards as food produced domestically. These new measures respond to the challenges of food safety in today’s global food system, in which imported food comes into the U.S. from about 150 different countries and accounts for about 15 percent of the U.S. food supply. They are part of the effort mandated by Congress to modernize the food safety system and focus on preventing food safety problems, rather than relying primarily on responding to problems after they have occurred.
The two proposed rules work together with the standards proposed in January 2013 for produce safety and preventive controls in facilities that produce food for humans. The two proposed rules publish in the Federal Register on July 29, 2013. Comments on the two new proposed rules on the safety of imported food are due by 120 days from the publication date.