The FDA has proposed two new rules issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that is part of a broader effort to prevent food borne illness and ensure the safety of imported and domestically produced foods. If you want your voice heard, you have until May 16, 2013 to submit your comments to the FDA on the proposed rule. The FDA does take comments seriously, we’re here to help if you want assistance in drafting your comments. This rule is expected to be published shortly following the conclusion of the comment period on May 16, 2013.
The proposed rules would apply to facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food. The rules focus on commonly identified routes of microbial contamination of produce, including:
(1) agricultural water
(2) farm worker hygiene
(3) manure and other additions to the soil
(4) animals in growing areas, and
(5) equipment, tools and buildings.
In general the facilities that are required to register include manufacturers, processors, warehouses, storage […]