On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The law signals a significant shift in the U.S. from addressing food safety issues after they have occurred to preventing issues before they happen. The law also provides FDA with new enforcement authorities to ensure compliance with the law, respond better to food safety issues, enhance processes for dealing with imported foods, and build partnerships with state and local authorities. FDA has done an excellent job communicating relevant FSMA provisions to stakeholders and obtaining feedback through comment periods and public meetings.
IFAC strongly supports FDA’s efforts to strengthen the U.S. food supply, has very closely monitored FSMA developments and continues to participate in the public discussions regarding implementation. Sustained industry and Agency collaboration will ensure FSMA regulations provide the flexibility required to enable the food and food ingredient industries to successfully institute risk-based preventive controls that are product and manufacturing environment-specific.
Towards that end, and to highlight the significant differences between food ingredients and finished foods, IFAC has developed a general Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Assurance Guide for Food Additives and GRAS Substances as well as a Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Assurance Audit Guide for food additives and GRAS substances. These guidance documents were designed to provide a guideline by which the food ingredient industry with resources to help implement preventive controls and GMPs in their facilities. On November 7, 2013, IFAC hosted a webinar for interested stakeholders to learn more about IFAC’s General GMP Guide, including why it was developed and the importance of different GMPs for food ingredients. To view a recording of the webinar, please click here. IFAC encourages endorsement of its Guides by the domestic and international food ingredient and finished food industries, as well as FDA.”
In addition, since the enactment of FSMA, IFAC has participated in FDA public meetings regarding FSMA provisions, submitted written comments, presented oral comments, and developed a general statement regarding FSMA. To read more about FSMA, please visit www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/.
IFAC Comments on FSMA Proposed Rule on Preventive Controls for Human Food
IFAC Comments on FSMA Proposed Rule on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program
IFAC Comments on FSMA Proposed Rule on the Accreditation of Third Party Auditors
IFAC Statement on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
IFAC Comments Presented at April 20, 2011 FDA FSMA Public Meeting Regarding Preventive Controls for Facilities
IFAC Written Comments Regarding FDA FSMA and Preventive Controls for Facilities
IFAC Written Comments Regarding FDA FSMA and Focus on Inspections and Compliance