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Food Safety Modernization Act

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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

The act has several tracks:

  • Administrative Detention of Food
  • Imported Food and Foreign Suppliers
  • Inspections and Compliance
  • Preventive Controls for Facilities
  • Re-inspections and Recalls
  • Traceability

FDA Issues Final Preventive Controls Rules Under FSMA
On September 10, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration released the final preventive controls rules to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). They form the cornerstone of the law and will shape daily food manufacturing operations and FDA inspections for decades to come. Members may log in to read a memo from Hogan Lovells, IDFA's outside legal counsel, summarizing the rules in detail.

For more details, visit FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


 Comments filed by IDFA are listed below. 

Date Filed Comments Filed
May 22, 2014 Re: Docket No. FDA-2014-N-053; Designation of High-Risk Foods for Tracing; Request for Comments and for Scientific Data and Information
March 31, 2014 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0922, Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals
January 26, 2014 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0146 (RIN 0910-AG66), Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications
January 26, 2014 RE: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals; Proposed Rule; Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0143 (RIN 0910-AG64)
November 14, 2013 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0920, Food Safety Modernization Act: Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Risk-Based Preventive Controls Human Food
November 14, 2013 RE: Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0920; RIN-0910-AG36); Food and Drug Administration
July 3, 2013 RE: Docket No. FDA-2012-N-1153, Implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Provision Requiring FDA to Establish Pilot Projects and Submit a Report to Congress for the Improvement of Tracking and Tracing of Food; 78 Fed. Reg. 14309 (March 5, 2013)
July 10, 2012 RE: Docket No. FDA-2012-N-0430, Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Voluntary Submission of Food/Feed Facility Profile Information
May 21, 2012 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-D-0674, Draft Guidance for Industry: Food and Drug Administration Records Access Authority Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; Availability
November 30, 2011 RE: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0528, Food Safety Modernization Act Domestic and Foreign Facility Reinspections, Recall and Importer Reinspection User Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2012
November 22, 2011 RE: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0529 (Burden of FSMA Fee Amounts on Small Business)
August 22, 2011 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0238, Food Safety Modernization Act: Preventive Controls for Registered Human Food and Animal Food/Feed Facilities
July 27, 2011 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0197, Food Safety Modernization Act: Criteria Used To Order Administrative Detention of Food for Human or Animal Consumption
July 22, 2011 Multi  Association - Citizen Petition
July 20, 2011 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0179, Food Safety Modernization Act: Information Required in Prior Notice of Imported Food
July 6, 2011 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0391, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; Focus on Inspections and Compliance Targeting of Inspection Resources for Domestic Facilities and Foreign Facilities - Identification and Inspection of Facilities
May 20, 2011 RE: Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0251, Food Safety Modernization Act: Focus on Preventive Controls for Facilities
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