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FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Updates

March 14, 2013
PowerPoint Created to Assist Growers in Understanding the Two FSMA Proposed Rules.
In cooperation with the NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force, NCSU/NC Cooperative Extension have developed a powerpoint slide presentation outlining the details of the proposed produce safety rule as well as the preventative controls rule.

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Public Listening Sessions Details
February 20, 2013
N.C. Listening Session on Proposed Produce Safety Rule and Registration (Raleigh)

February 28 & March 1, March 11-12 and March 27-28, 2013
FDA Public Meetings on the Proposed FSMA Rules (Various locations)

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Public Comments are  extended and are now due by September 16, 2013
Learn how to submit comments.

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FDA’s Teleconference on FSMA’s Two Rules Posted
On January 4, 2013, FDA held a stakeholder teleconference for industry regarding the proposal of two rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that set science-based standards for the prevention of foodborne illnesses. The stakeholder teleconference was held on Friday, January 4, 2013.

A replay of the briefing can be accessed by calling 888-566-0497.

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FDA announced at the January 4th teleconference that they released two proposed rules for public comment:

1. Standards for Produce Safety
2. Preventive Controls for Human Food

View Summary and Complete Proposed Rules

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N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force Notes on FDA’s Teleconference from January 4, 2013

Excerpt of Debbie Hamrick’s notes:
FDA reached out to the North Carolina Fresh Produce Safety Task Force this morning as they did to a number of key players prior to the rules being published. They wanted to give us a heads up courtesy call. They recognize the work that the Task Force has done and especially the Talking Points (pasted in below for reference) that Group 3 put together before FSMA was published. As a matter of fact, FDA pointed out that they believe they kept North Carolina’s talking points in mind as they developed the rules: Our input matters!

As members of the Task Force dives into the proposed rules over the next few weeks, we will schedule conference calls to seek input regarding specific provisions of the Regulations. Please note, the Federal Register pages printed out are >1,100 pages. We will likely have a number of conference calls to review critical aspects to certain regulations and to get your input.

Read Debbie’s Full Notes

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BACKGROUND
FSMA, signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, is the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws. It aims to ensure the food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. A set of six major preventive control rules will form the comprehensive preventive controls for food and feed facilities. The six major preventive control rules are:

• Food preventive controls (GMP modernization)
• Feed preventive controls
• Prevention of intentional contamination
• Sanitary transportation
• Foreign supplier verification
• Produce safety