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How Will FSMA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Work?

January 11, 2018 4:10 pm0 comments
How Will FSMA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Work?

FDA officials outline the benefits of VQIP in an online conversation. In an online conversation, “Outlining the Benefits of the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program,” Amelia Tetterton, a Consumer Safety Officer in the Import Program Development and Implementation Branch in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, said, “The FDA will expedite import […]

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Watchdog audits fire warning shots at the FDA’s food safety program

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Watchdog audits fire warning shots at the FDA’s food safety program

In recent years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been given the authority to expand food safety inspections. But the agency’s food safety program recently come under close scrutiny by federal watchdogs for failing to protect public health with these much-needed additional inspections mandated by federal law. The Office […]

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Top five food safety violations cited by the F.D.A.

January 2, 2018 3:50 pm0 comments
Top five food safety violations cited by the F.D.A.

The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) recently released its “Inspectional Observation Data Sets”  for food manufacturers. The most common violations span from pest control issues to sanitation errors. The data summarizes F.D.A. Form 483s issued during facility inspections from October 2016 through September 2017. During an inspection, investigators issue 483s […]

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FSMA: Right Around the Corner for Large Growers

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FSMA: Right Around the Corner for Large Growers

  The 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. After seven years and several rounds of rulemaking, the Produce Safety Rule will come into effect on January 26, […]

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U.S.: FSMA ‘more like band-aid than cure-all’ for food-borne illnesses, says AAEA researcher

December 27, 2017 4:45 pm0 comments
U.S.: FSMA ‘more like band-aid than cure-all’ for food-borne illnesses, says AAEA researcher

A researcher with the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) has cast doubt on the future effectiveness of the incoming U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at reducing food-borne illnesses.  Nearly half of all food-borne illnesses in the U.S. are tied to fresh produce, according to a release from the association. […]

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Economic Effects of FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule

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Economic Effects of FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule

New AAEA member research looks at impact on farmers and foodborne illnesses. FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule was passed with the intent to regulate fresh produce marketed in the United States. FDA describes it as a way to “ensure U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to […]

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Combatting the growth of fake food

December 21, 2017 3:27 pm0 comments
Combatting the growth of fake food

Food is now the fourth most valuable counterfeit market, and foods such as olive oil, honey, fish, vinegar, vanilla and coffee top the list. As brand manufacturers continue to source from an ever-growing list of ingredients and suppliers, food is now the fourth most valuable counterfeit market, according to the […]

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Transparency, temperature, tenacity can tame FSMA terrors

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Transparency, temperature, tenacity can tame FSMA terrors

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011. The act granted the FDA a number of new powers and enforcement abilities, including mandatory recall authority and the ability to levy fines against offenders. The law was prompted after many reported incidents of foodborne illnesses during the first decade of […]

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Are Foodborne Illnesses on the Rise? (and Answers to 5 Other Food Safety Questions)

November 27, 2017 12:46 pm0 comments
Are Foodborne Illnesses on the Rise? (and Answers to 5 Other Food Safety Questions)

Stories about foodborne illness are more of a staple in mainstream news outlets, but is there really an increase in outbreaks? Here’s an easy dieting trick: When you’re having cravings, head to foodsafetynews.com and scroll through the headlines. You’ll quickly lose your appetite. “Papaya Salmonella cases top 200; more farms […]

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FSVP compliance with FSMA achievable with A, B, C approach

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FSVP compliance with FSMA achievable with A, B, C approach

Provisions of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration, were enacted in 2015. They mandate that foreign suppliers provide the same level of food safety protection for their products as domestic suppliers are required to provide for theirs. This is needed as outbreaks of foodborne […]

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