There have been several recent developments regarding implementation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that should be of interest to the food industry. In this post, we summarize the following topics:
- Regarding imports:
- FDA’s recognition of Australia’s food safety system as comparable to the United States, which allows for modified Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) requirements of certain foods imported from Australia;
- Information from FDA to importers about key things they need to know about compliance with the FSVP rule and what to expect during upcoming inspections;
- Launch of a website where organizations can apply for recognition as a third-party accreditation body.
- Information from FDA on the agency’s implementation of the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (Sanitary Food Transportation) rule;
- FDA’s plans to extend the compliance dates for the agricultural water requirements of the Produce Safety regulation; and
- Inflation-adjusted values applicable to several very small business-related definitions used in the FSMA rules.