FDA holding a public meeting on FSMA implementation strategy.

  • As the food industry is well aware, implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a work in progress.  FDA has issued several major proposed rules (e.g., hazard analysis and risk-based preventive control provisions, produce safety provisions) that are due to be finalized later this year.
  • On April 23-24, FDA will be holding a public meeting entitled, “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Focus on Implementation Strategy for Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards.”  FDA appears to be seeking stakeholder input on topics such as:  increasing awareness/reaching the regulated community, potential partners on outreach and implementation, state of readiness, barriers to implementation, training and education for industry and regulators, guidance needs, promotion of best practices, technical assistance, data needs, inspection changes/approaches, compliance and enforcement issues, and long-term implementation success.
  • Those interested in participating in the meeting should pre-register by April 16, 2015.  Stakeholders may attend the meeting in person or via webcast.