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 to provide a guideline by which the food ingredient industry can implement preventive controls and GMPs in their facilities.
IFAC encourages endorsement of its Guide by the 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/.
Join Us Thursday, November 7 to learn more about how the food additive industry is addressing FSMA through specific GMP guidance. Learn more here.
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