The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently concluded
the second of three public meetings being held to solicit public
comment on two Proposed Rules released by the agency in early
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.
The first public meeting was held in Washington, D.C. from February 28-March 1; and the second was held in Chicago, IL on March 11-12. Over 250 association representatives, industry participants and consumers attended each session. IFMA representative attended the Chicago, IL meeting. Faegre Baker Daniels and FaegreBD Consulting representatives attended both meetings to obtain insight on industry reaction and input to the proposed regulations. The third public meeting will be held in Portland, Ore. from March 27-28.
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