FDA has released its final FSMA rules on produce safety, foreign supplier verification programs (FSVP) and accredited third-party certification. The documents were filed today and are scheduled to be published on the Federal Register the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27.
An agency alert called the finalization of the rules “groundbreaking”, as FDA takes “major steps to prevent foodborne illness”.
The final FSMA rules (unpublished documents) are available for download:
- Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
- Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
- Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications
Next week’s Food Safety Consortium will feature several sessions dedicated to the discussion of these rules, including:
- “Ask the FDA” Town Hall with Michael Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine
- Foreign Supplier Verification with Eric Putnam of Wixon, Inc. and Shawn Stevens of Food Industry Counsel, LLC
- Compliance for Accredited Third Party Auditing with Trish Wester of PA Waster Consulting and Janet Raddatz of Sargento Foods, Inc.