The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on implementation of Phase 2 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at its public meeting in Chicago on October 20, 2015.
According to Roberta Wagner, associate director for FSMA operations, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at FDA, FSMA is being implemented in three phases:
To implement Phase 2, which is the next step in the process, FSMA workgroups were established by FDA’s food and veterinary medicine executive council. Those workgroups are charged with developing the framework and multi-year implementation plan for ensuring compliance.
“We’ve set ourselves up so we are not operating in silos within the agency,” Wagner said.
Guiding Phase 2 FSMA implementation is a Program Alignment Initiative that relies on several factors to result in successful FSMA implementation:
Joann Givens, food and feed program director for FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, explained that Phase 2 implementation relied on several key principles. Those are:
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