Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Lee Mannering
For those interested in developments surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) work in implementing FSMA, yesterday PMA submitted comments on behalf of our members to FDA regarding the final set of proposed rules on produce safety, preventive controls for human food, foreign supplier verification programs and preventive controls for animal feed.
Since the last FSMA-related item here on Field to Fork, we’ve added a number of resources to the PMA website to help members understand the business implications of the FSMA as part of our work to provide leadership on industry issues. Among these new resources are:
- The recently submitted comments for each of the aforementioned proposed supplemental rules:
- Produce Safety Rule
- Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule
- Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule
- Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule
- An on-demand Webinar which focused on the proposed supplemental FSMA rules and featured several FDA subject matter experts.
- Highlights from the FSMA session held at Fresh Summit 2014 which featured FDA officials discussing FSMA implementation and business implications.
In an update sent to PMA members yesterday, PMA Vice President of Science and Technology Dr. Jim Gorny noted that “once the FDA reviews all the comments submitted, they’ll revise their proposal and issue a final rule which will include an exact timeline for implementation. Now, PMA’s staff team - with the help of our member volunteers - will turn our focus on implementation of these rules and what that means for your business. You can expect more information and guidance from PMA in the months to follow.”
For more details about PMA’s work on the FSMA, visit the FSMA Resource Center on our website.