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Implementing Food Safety Reform to be Focus of FDA Meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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The Food and Drug Administration is holding a public meeting and inviting public comments to inform its development of Food Safety Modernization Act implementation work plans.

In May 2014 the FDA released an operational strategy for implementing FSMA that includes an appendix outlining guiding principles for how this strategy can be implemented with respect to food and feed facilities, produce safety standards and import oversight. These principles include expanding inspection and surveillance; administering new administrative enforcement tools; developing guidance, education and technical assistance tools; and building a prevention-oriented import system.

The April 23-24 public meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to share views on how the FDA should address the operational aspects of FSMA implementation, as suggested by the guiding principles. At this meeting the FDA will provide an update on current planning efforts and receive input to inform the development of operational work plans in the areas of produce safety, preventive controls for foods for humans and animals, measures to address intentional adulteration, the foreign supplier verification program and the FDA third-party accreditation program. Also at this meeting interested persons will be invited to provide information, share experiences and raise issues on topics such as increasing awareness and reaching the regulated community, potential partners on outreach and implementation, state of readiness, barriers to implementation, training and education for industry and regulators, guidance needs, promotion of best practices, technical assistance, data needs, inspection changes/approaches, compliance and enforcement issues, and long-term implementation success.

The FDA encourages all persons who wish to attend the meeting in person or view it by webcast to register by April 16. Written comments are due no later than May 26.

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