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FDA Releases Significant Updates to Proposed Rules under FSMA

September 22, 2014 - Kestrel Food Safety

The FDA is proposing changes to four rules proposed in 2013 to implement FSMA to make the original proposals more flexible, practical and targeted. The changes include the following:

  • Produce Safety: More flexible criteria for determining the safety of agricultural water for certain uses and a tiered approach to water testing.
  • Produce Safety: A commitment to conduct extensive research on the safe use of raw manure in growing areas and complete a risk assessment.
  • Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Foods: Requirements that human and animal food facilities test products and the food facility’s environment, as well as implement certain supplier controls.
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program: A more comprehensive analysis of potential risks associated with foods and foreign suppliers, and more flexibility for importers in determining appropriate supplier verification activities.

The FDA will accept comments on the revised provisions for 75 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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Submitted by: Bill Bremer

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