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Dairy Facts 2016

Are You Ready for Inspections Under New FSMA Rules?

Jun 03, 2015
Elizabeth Fawell of Hogan Lovells US LLP

Final regulations implementing the major provisions of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including new regulations for inspections, will be issued this coming August.  When compliance enforcement starts in the fall of 2016, companies will be required to conduct a comprehensive hazard analysis, establish risk-based preventive controls and verify their supplier’s preventive controls as part of the inspection process. 

“With these new requirements comes a new paradigm for FDA and state agency inspections,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president, regulatory and international affairs. “Dairy food manufacturers and their suppliers should expect, and already be planning for, drastic changes, for both Grade “A” and non-Grade “A” plant inspections.” 

To help members better understand the impact of FSMA implementation on plant inspections, IDFA is hosting a webinar, “Countdown to FSMA: Are You Ready?,” on June 23, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. It will feature an interactive presentation by Elizabeth Fawell of Hogan Lovells US LLP, IDFA’s outside legal counsel. She will provide detailed analysis and guidance on what to expect next year when the final rules are published.

This is the latest in a series of food safety webinars provided by IDFA.

Is Your Company Recall Ready?

There is still time to register for IDFA’s Recall Preparedness Webinar: What to Do When Things Go Wrong on June 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. It is designed to help members prepare an effective recall plan that will allow them to mitigate, manage and respond to any product recall situation. The featured speakers are Michael Roberson, director of corporate quality assurance for Publix Super Markets, Inc., and Amy Fanale, director of product management for GS1 US, a not-for-profit standards organization.

Those registered for both Countdown to FSMA: Are you Ready? and Recall Preparedness Webinar: What to Do When Things Go Wrong will receive a $100 discount off the fee for the Countdown to FSMA Webinar. For more information or to take advantage of this offer, contact Erin Dlugacz, manager, meetings and educational services, IDFA.

Register Online to reserve your space for the Countdown to FSMA webinar.

For more information, contact Erin Dlugacz, manager, meetings and educational services, IDFA, at

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