Staying ahead of the Food Safety Modernization Act
Organizations must remain vigilant and make critical investments to ensure compliance.
The world in which we operate will continue to change dramatically throughout the next decade as global commerce evolves due to an ever-increasing flow of goods, and increased competition for global resources. Additionally, governments will play a major role in the food supply chain at the international level.
The growing demand for food, given an already constrained food supply, is pushing the agricultural industry to be creative in its search for alternative animal food sources. This increased competition for food comes at a time when the world is seeking global standardization. Additionally, regulators, scientists and consumers are moving toward a new consensus based upon environmental responsibility, which will result in increased regulatory scrutiny. Businesses have seen, and will continue to see, stricter environmental regulations and increasing demands for greater environmental stewardship. Manufacturers and producers continuously need to set new standards and implement new technologies to meet current demands while remaining competitive, relevant and profitable.
The US is not immune to the effects of these changes. Global trends of increased standardization in the coming decade will have substantial implications for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); manufacturers and producers regulated by FDA will need to adapt quickly in order to remain viable. FDA has been forced to re-evaluate US regulatory requirements governing all aspects of the food supply chain for many reasons, including increased external influences towards global standardization; evolving regulatory requirements of foreign countries; increased global demand for safer feed products and a limited supply of safe feed…