The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011, and provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with sweeping new authorities and requirements. The law was a bi-partisan supported bill that was backed by the food and feed industries. It authorizes FDA to promulgate new rules for preventive controls, develop performance standards, create new administrative detention rules, provides authority for mandatory recall of adulterated products and provides FDA with authority to hire additional field staff. It is unclear whether Congress will provide sufficient funding authorization to fully implement the law, but it is clear that FDA is proceeding with rulemaking to meet the new law’s regulation deadlines.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will be contracting with the FDA to perform facility inspections of the new FSMA rules and regulations in Kansas. KDA has suggested that they may be able to provide training on the new federal requirements for grain warehouses and feed mills. Your Association will be working with KDA to schedule these training sessions as they develop and inform association members.
Below, please find important benchmark dates that FDA has posted regarding FSMA proposed rules:
- August 2015: release of final rules on preventive controls for human and animal food
- October 2015: release of final rules on produce safety and imports
- March 2016: release of final rules on sanitary transportation
- May 2016: release of final rules on intentional adulteration
For more information on the FSMA, visit the FDA webpage, at http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm.