The Food Safety Modernization Act and your factory floors
The federal Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA's) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our
food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama
on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting
the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
Food processors are now required to have a
written, preventive controls plan that spells out the steps to be taken to
prevent or minimize the likelihood of hazards occurring as a result of damaged
floors and walls. The FDA now has the authority to suspend the registration of
the processing facility. Suspension may occur not only if a processor fails to
take measures to keep damaged foods from reaching consumers, but also if steps
are not taken to prevent a recurrence. If either failure occurs, FDA will step
One useful approach to creating a plan that
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Now in effect is a rule that allows the FDA
to detain for up to 30 days of food products it believes may be adulterated or
misbranded. Such foods would be kept out of the marketplace until the agency
determines whether there is a need for further enforcement actions, such as
seizure or an injunction to prevent the suspect products from being distributed.
The new law also strengthens FDAís enforcement tools in the event that
potentially unsafe food has already entered the marketplace. Two main tools
Suspension of registration. The law
authorizes FDA to suspend the registration of a facility under certain
circumstances if the food it manufactured, processed, packed, received, or held
presents a serious health hazard. A facility with a suspended registration will
not be able to legally offer food for sale in the United States until the FDA
lifts the suspension.
Mandatory recall. Before FSMA, the FDA had to
rely on a firmís voluntary decision to remove food from the marketplace that
could be hazardous to humans or animals. Under the new law, the agency can order
a recall if the company does not cease distribution itself and recall its
product. If there is reason to believe that the food is adulterated or
misbranded and that use of the product could result in serious illness or death,
FDA can order that distribution be halted and all implicated products recalled.
Additionally, the FDA has launched a
new search engine
where consumers can quickly and easily check on new and recent recalls.
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