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 Executive Committees of the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) have established a collaborative framework for the associations to work together to identify and prioritize key supply chain issues. Under the name "Supply Chain Optimization, Resources, and Execution" (SCORE), representatives of both committees have identified timely challenges and opportunities that distributors and manufacturers can successfully address together.
On February 27, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two proposed rules containing long-awaited changes to the Nutrition Facts panel and changes to the determination of serving sizes in packaged foods.
FDA Hearing: Implementing the Preventive Control Provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act.