Food Safety Progress

The most sweeping reforms of the nation’s food safety rules in over 70 years are being implemented by the Food & Drug Administration and have led to an influx of comments from the industry and the public, according to a tally by The Food Institute, an Upper Saddle River, NJ-based trade association.

President Obama signed The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) just over a year ago, and while FDA has made substantial progress, the industry still awaits several proposed rules, including one on the safety of fresh produce, which will likely be in excess of 125 pages.

The Food Institute reports that FDA may not release three additional proposed rules until early February. The rules focus on hazard analysis & preventive controls for human food and animal feed/pet food; and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program.