BACKGROUND: (Quote from FDA website) “The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.” There were few changes at first due to the time needed to research and write the specific regulations that would implement this objective.
In January of 2013 the FDA published for comment the draft regulations that would “put the teeth” in the FSMA. Modifications led to a second comment period that closed in December, 2015. After many delays, the regulation was finally published in the Federal Register in September of 2015, with an initial compliance date for large processors of September, 2016. Just before this date, however, FDA extended compliance dates for an additional 2 years, meaning that large companies now have until Sept. of 2018.
Since Manoush Associates specializes in food manufacturing, only that part of the regulations will be discussed here, but it is worth noting that there are several other sections of the regulation, including produce safety and on-farm controls, foreign supplier verification and animal food production. Companies involved in business other than domestic human food should review the regulations that affect them.