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FDA Holding Public Meeting on FSMA Prevention-Oriented Import System Regulations and Implementation

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today a public meeting, entitled “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Prevention-Oriented Import System Regulations and Implementation.” The public meeting will provide importers and other interested persons an opportunity to discuss import safety regulations and programs, including final rules for foreign supplier verification programs for importers of food for humans and animals and accreditation of third-party certification bodies. The meeting will be held on March 21, 2016 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740.

Participants will also be briefed on the status of FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, which is still in development. Additionally, the public meeting will provide importers and other interested persons an opportunity to discuss FDA’s comprehensive planning effort for the next phase of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act implementation relating to import safety programs, which includes establishing the operational framework for these programs and plans for guidance documents, training, education, and technical assistance. The meeting is also designed to answer questions about these import programs and provide an opportunity for interested persons to make public comments.

Public meeting attendees are encouraged to register online to attend the meeting in person or via live Webcast. For questions about registering for the meeting or to register by phone, contact Courtney Treece at 704-258-4983, FAX: 469-854-6992, e-mail: Early registration is strongly recommended because seating is limited.

For general questions about the meeting, to request an opportunity to make public comments, or request special accommodations due to a disability, contact Juanita Yates, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 240-402-1731, e-mail:

Registration and Additional Information

Please note the following important dates:

  • March 7, 2016: Closing date for request to make Public Comment
  • March 7, 2016: Closing date to request special accommodations due to a Disability
  • March 14, 2016: Closing date for Advance Registration
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Southern California Food Industry Conference 2016

SCFIC 2016 logoSCFI 2016 Conference Flyer




Communicate the science; the facts not the fiction, Formulate with awareness and efficiency, deliver savings

Thursday March 10, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim  CA

Continuing Education Credits Applied for: IFT/CFS, AND, ASQ

                                                           Speakers and Topics

DOMINIQUE BROSSARD, Ph.D., Life Sciences Communication UW, Wisconsin Madison.

Author “The Media, The Public, and Agricultural Biotechnology”


Get the facts back into your conversation; you are the voice of the technical community.

JIM PAINTER, PhD. RD, U of T-Houston, School of Public Health

Current Issues: FATS IN VOGUE, WHEAT WOES, u-oh GMOs

Misconceptions and Truth: Nutrition, Diets, Trends, Beliefs.  How did we get here?

FDA Presentation


Are you there yet? Focus on manufacturing, consumers and labeling

TRUDI HUGHES, California League of Food Processors


Consideration for product design, execution, and manufacturing, COST EFFECTIVENESS = COMPLIANCE

MICHELLE MADDAUS, P.E. and M.B.A., Principle Maddaus Water Management


How to re-use and conserve water in your operation, cost effective food processing

DAVE CONLEY, MSc, Director, Corporate Communications, AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.


Student Competition: Best “Natural” Product, Sponsor: Cedarlane Foods.

Say yes to this opportunity: fill up on the experts’ inside scoop, FULL (includes lunch) AND ½ DAY,

RSVP now at

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Preventive Controls Training for Refrigerated Food Manufacturers

Refrigerated Foods Association Technical Webcast: Preventive Controls
by Mel Drozen & Evangelia Pelonis, Keller & Heckman LLP
December 2, 2015 ♦ 2:00-3:00 pm EST


webcastThis webinar will help refrigerated food manufacturers understand the implications of FDA’s recently finalized rules to implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls (HARPC) for human food and revisions to good manufacturing practices (GMPs).  We will discuss HARPC implications for the food industry generally, with a special spotlight on compliance challenges and considerations for refrigerated food manufacturers.

For more information about this webcast, click here

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Who Will Provide FSMA Training for the Food Industry?

TrainingFood industry training is an important component of the successful implementation of FSMA. The Produce Safety Rule (as proposed) and the Preventive Controls rules all have training components, although they are not the same for each rule. While members of the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with the FSMA rules, the FDA recognizes the importance of its role in facilitating that training. For the agency, this means joining with public and private partners in state, federal, tribal and international governments, industry, and academia in the development and delivery of training.

FSMA Framework for Training

FSMA Framework for Training

Read the complete FDA’s Guidance: FDA’s Strategy for FSMA Training – Who Will Provide Training for the Food Industry? Public and Private Partners Working Together

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