Webinar | October 2014
Food Safety Modernization Act
Signed into law on January 4, 2011, the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) represents one of the most significant revisions to our food safety laws in more than 70 years. The law, which includes new mandates and authority for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aims to transform the United States’ food safety system from reactionary to proactive.
In January 2013, as part of the implementation of the FSMA, the FDA began releasing a series of rule proposals for public comment. Utilizing feedback received during an extended and vocal public comment period, the FDA released supplemental rule proposals for four of the areas on September 19, 2014, including produce safety, preventative controls for human food, preventative controls for animal food, and the foreign supplier verification system. A court order for quick implementation of final rules in 2015 heightens the importance for a swift engagement of food safety stakeholders in the subsequent comment period.
This free webinar, presented by the Regional Offices of the Council of State Governments and the State Ag and Rural Leaders, followed up on our previous FSMA webinars by examining the FDA’s most recent actions implementing the law and focusing on the supplemental rule proposals and their implications for those in the food and feed supply chain. Special thanks to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture for their collaboration.
Roland McReynolds, Executive Director, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Robert Hahn, Principal Attorney, OFW Law
Leah Wilkinson, Director of State Affairs, American Feed Industry Association
Joe Reardon, Assistant Commissioner, North Carolina Department of Agriculture (no slides)