FDA Reaches Agreement on FSMA Final Rule Deadlines
March 3, 2014 - Kestrel Food Safety
When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011, FDA was charged with creating seven separate rules by 2012 that would shift the focus of food safety rules to one of prevention vs. response. The FDA has struggled to meet deadlines, which prompted the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental to file a lawsuit.
A settlement was recently reached on that lawsuit under which FDA has agreed to a new set of staggered deadlines for issuing final rules, per the dates below:
- August 30, 2015: Preventive controls for human and animal food
- October 31, 2015: Imported food and foreign suppliers
- October 31, 2015: Produce safety
- March 31, 2016: Food transportation
- May 31, 2016: Intentional adulteration of food
FDA has issued draft versions of all the proposed rules already.
Creating the deadlines helps ensure certainty that the rules will be finalized in a timely manner. However, the sheer size of FSMA has many stating that effective enforcement is still likely years away.
Submitted by: Bill Bremer