With a law that President Obama signed 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will propose 5 new ruls to strengthen the nation’s food safety system.
According to the FDA’s website:
“The first two have been proposed and published for public comment:
- Preventive Controls for Human Food: This rule sets safety requirements for facilities that process, package or store food for people. (There is a separate, upcoming rule for animal food.) The rule will require that food facilities implement “preventive controls,” a science-based set of measures intended to prevent foodborne illness.
- Produce Safety: The food-safety law requires that science-based standards be set for the production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables, and FDA is proposing such standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce on farms…
…The rules still to come are:
- Foreign Supplier Verification for Importers: This program will require importers to verify that foreign suppliers are following procedures that provide the same level of health protection as that required of domestic food producers. About 15 percent of the food consumed in the U.S. is imported, including about 49 percent of fresh fruit and 21 percent of vegetables.
- Accredited Third Party Certification: The accreditation of third-party auditors would help ensure that food producers in other countries comply with U.S. food safety laws.
- Preventive Controls for Animal Food: This is the implementation of preventive controls at animal food facilities that are similar to those proposed for human food.
The proposed rules have been published in the Federal Register, with a 120-day public-comment period. The rules are filed in FDA’s official docket at www.regulations.gov and can also be accessed at www.fda.gov/fsma.”
Read the full article at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm334038.htm