on January 11, 2013

Petfood safety: Update on the Food Safety Modernization Act

Two of the four proposed rulings that make up FSMA have been released, with the petfood ruling right behind them—are you ready?

As of January 4, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration had released for public comment a proposed rule on Preventive Controls for Human Food and a proposed rule on Standards for Produce Safety. These rules are two of the proposed rules that are key to the preventive food safety approach established by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to Bob McDonald of Food Safety Validation.

"The proposed rules build on existing voluntary industry guidelines for food safety, which many producers, growers and others currently follow," he said. "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expects to soon issue its proposed rule on importer foreign supplier verification; future proposed rules will address preventive controls for animal food and accreditation of third-party auditors." Facilities will be required to establish modern preventive controls that are consistent with the internationally recognized principles of HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points).

So what does  that mean to petfood producers? And are there any new preventative steps you should be taking?

According to Michael R. Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at FDA, the first major milestone in implementing FSMA is the issuance of four foundational proposed rules that are critical to fulfilling the FSMA vision of a modern, prevention-oriented food safety system. They are:

  • Preventive controls for animal food;
  • Preventive controls for human food;
  • Produce safety; and
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program.

The rulings for produce and human foods have been released, but these can be slightly confusing since the preventive control for human food…

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