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 Food Safety Modernization Act - Information Page

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is an amendment of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act. The FSMA was signed into law on January 4, 2011 by President Obama.

Its purpose is to facilitate a risk-based preventive approach rather than a reactive approach to food safety problems. Key features of the law appear under three main headings:

 

1) Improving capacity to prevent food safety problems

• Biennial registration renewal commencing October 1 - December 31, 2012.
• Hazard analysis and risk-based preventive control procedures, which may include:
• Sanitation procedures for food-contact surfaces (utensils and equipment)
• Manager, supervisor, and employee hygiene training
• Environmental monitoring programme
• Food allergen control programme
• Recall plan
• Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)
• Supplier verification activities related to food safety
• Final regulation due June 2012.
• Authority to collect fees related to re-inspection, mandatory recalls, and voluntary qualified importer programme (VQIP). Fees shall be published by August 1 each year. (For FY 2011, U.S. domestic facilities shall pay US$224 per hour and foreign facilities shall pay US$325 per hour for re-inspection.)
• Unique Identification Number for each facility registered with FDA (study to be completed by January 2012)

2) Improving capacity to detect and respond to food safety problems

• Identification and inspection of facilities - increased inspection of foreign facilities. Within the first year of enactment, at least 600 foreign facilities; and in each of the 5-year period following January 2011 , at least twice the number inspected the previous year.
• Identification and inspection of ports of entry
• Laboratory Accreditation for Analysis of Foods - foreign laboratories which meet the accreditation standards applicable to U.S. domestic laboratories shall be accredited
• Enhancing the tracking & tracing of food and record keeping
• Foodborne illness surveillance systems
• Mandatory recall authority

3) Improving the safety of imported food

• Foreign Supplier Verification Programme (FSVP). Verification activities may include:
• Monitoring of records for shipments
• Lot-by-Iot certification of compliance
• Annual on-site inspections
• Checking hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls plan
• Periodically testing and sampling shipments
• Final regulation due January 2012.
• Voluntary Qualified Importer Programme (VQIP) - allows expedited review and entry of foods.
• Final regulation due January 2012.
• Authority to require import certification for high-risk foods
• Prior Notice of imported food shipments - requires information on prior refusals
• Building capacity of foreign governments with respect to food safety management
• Inspection of foreign food facilities - authority to deny entry if FDA is denied access by the facility
• Accreditation of third-party auditors - FDA can rely on accredited third-parties to certify that foreign facilities meet U.S. requirements.
• Final regulation due January 2013.
• FDA to establish Foreign Offices to provide assistance on food safety measures.

Downloads;

1. Food Safety Modernization Act (Summary)

2. Food Safety Modernization Act (Full Text)

3. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act - Focus on Prevention (power point presentation)


CONTACT

Beverley Miller
Bureau of Standards Jamaica
6 Winchester Road
Kingston 10
Jamaica, W.I.

Tel: (876) 926-3140-5 / (876) 632-4275 / (876) 618-1134
Email: info@bsj.org.jm

 

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