FDA puts FSMA provisions into first gear
The FDA issued an anti-smuggling strategy developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which will help identify and prevent smuggled foods from entering the
“The Food Safety Modernization Act requires the agency to build a new food safety system,” says Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael R. Taylor. “This new system, overall, will better leverage the resources of federal agencies, and it will make industry an important partner in safeguarding the health of US consumers.”
FDA will work with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in DHS to review historical data and better identify products, processors and countries of origin to establish food smuggling targeting criteria. The FDA and CBP will also share information on import shipments and conduct joint examinations, when appropriate, to identify shipments that may contain smuggled food. When possible, the agencies will work together to publicize food smuggling enforcement actions to deter others from attempting similar acts.
“Safeguarding the American public from unsafe or potentially harmful imported goods is a priority for US Customs and Border Protection,” says CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin. “CBP and FDA are working closer than ever to identify and prevent smuggled foods from entering the country, as well as streamline the flow of legitimate products.”
The FDA also issued draft guidance clarifying agency expectations on new dietary ingredients for industry, which is an important preventive control to ensure consumers are not exposed to unnecessary public health risks from new ingredients with unknown safety profiles.
Dietary supplement manufacturers are required to notify the FDA in advance when they intend to add a new dietary ingredient to their products, except in certain situations when the ingredient has been part of the food supply and has not been chemically altered for use in supplements. The notifications must identify the new dietary ingredient and be accompanied by evidence on its safety. The draft guidance is intended to inform and assist manufacturers, distributors and others in deciding when a pre-market safety notification for a dietary supplement containing a new dietary ingredient is necessary, as well as preparing pre-market safety notifications.
For more information:
- Federal Register Notice for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues
- Federal Register Notice for Interim Final Rule on Criteria Used to Order Administrative Detention of Food for Human or Animal Consumption
- FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- Consumer Update: FDA Meeting FSMA Food Safety Goals
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