Three more final rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) were submitted by FDA to the Federal Register this week. The government agency submitted the final produce safety, foreign supplier verification and third party accreditation rules for publication, as required by the court. Since documents submitted to the Federal Register can take several days or longer to publish depending on the size of the file, these rules are not yet available for review, FDA says.
Signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, FSMA is a sweeping reform of the nation’s food safety laws. These changes are built upon a foundation of seven new major rules that aim to ensure the US food supply is safe by shifting focus from responding to contamination, to preventing it. The first two rules were finalized and submitted by FDA to the Federal Register in September.
For the latest announcements and more information on FSMA, visit the FDA website here.