The Devil's In the Details

The second anniversary of the signing into law of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was celebrated January 4 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the long-delayed unveiling of the first proposed regulations affecting manufacturers and their upstream partners in the food chain.

But January’s release of proposed rules for farm-level and food plant practices lays out what FDA describes as “the cornerstone of a prevention based, modern food safety system.” Additional rules for foreign supplier verification, preventive controls for animal food and accredited third-party verification are expected later this year.