Washington Insights Update: Food Safety Modernization Act, Hunger-Free Kids Act & more

Posted by IFMA October 28, 2013

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The Washington Insights initiative was launched in the fall of 2012 to provide timely information to IFMA members on government actions and their impacts on our industry. The Washington Insights Committee is comprised of roughly 30 IFMA members, chaired by Richard Ferranti of Rich Products Corporation, and is open to any interested IFMA members. The Committee has identified four main areas from which the relevant policy developments are tracked, analyzed, and reported for the benefit of the broader IFMA membership.

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Washington Insights Update: Food Safety Modernization Act, Hunger-Free Kids Act & more

The Washington Insights initiative was launched in the fall of 2012 to provide timely information to IFMA members on government actions and their impacts on our industry. The Washington Insights Committee has identified four main areas from which the relevant policy developments are tracked, analyzed, and reported for the benefit of the broader IFMA membership.

What was discussed at public sessions on FSMA proposed rules?

The Proposed Rules, mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), are "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption" (produce safety) and Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food" (preventive controls). Both Proposed Rules would bring about significant change in the current food safety system, shifting the paradigm from one of reaction to prevention of food-related illness outbreaks. These proposed rules, and the yet-to-be issued rules in the importer arena and dealing with third party auditors, are going to be critically important for the foodservice manufacturing industry.

July Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the July 30th Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

Foodservice GS1 US Update: July/August 2014

The Foodservice GS1 US Update is provided by IFDA and IFMA to share progress on the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative and provide links to available resources. 

May Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the May 21st Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

April Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the April 23rd Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

January Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the January 22nd Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

February Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the February 19th Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

March Update on Key Topics and Priority Issues

During the March 19th Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.

USDA School Foodservice Grants

USDA announced $5.5 million in grants for schools to implement Smarter Lunchrooms strategies and to meet the new school nutrition standards. See the press release from USDA.