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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: ctreece@planningprofessionals.com. 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: Juanita.Yates@fda.hhs.gov.

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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FSMA Update – Final Rules on Produce and Imports

FDA News webcastFDA released on November 13, 2015 groundbreaking final rules that will help produce farmers and food importers take steps to prevent food safety problems before they occur. The agency also released a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the produce rule’s provisions.

The following information is now available:

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Food Environmental Sampling

FDA NewsEnvironmental sampling is a qualitative technique used by the FDA to gain additional information on possible routes of product contamination and is often a preventative measure critical to stopping contamination and reducing foodborne outbreaks.

The presence of pathogenic microorganisms in the environment of a food facility can indicate poor sanitation or microbial niches.  Once established in a food processing plant, microorganisms can contaminate food contact surfaces through transfer from humans, equipment or aerosols.  It is important that food facilities that are vulnerable to microbiological contamination maintain a food processing environment that is not colonized by pathogenic microorganisms.  Niche environments may be difficult to inspect or access and therefore can protect microorganisms during routine cleaning and sanitizing.  Environmental sampling is a preventive food safety concept that contributes to awareness and thus protects public health. To learn more, check out CFSAN’s FDA-TRACK Dashboard and view the center’s environmental sampling measures.

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FDA’s Strategy for FSMA Training: Public and Private Partners Working Together

FDA UpdateThe FDA has released its FSMA Training Strategy outlining its evolving vision of how the agency will work with public and private partners on the development and delivery of food-industry training. The strategy outlines the options for those who must comply with the new food safety regulations and introduces the FDA’s partners in promoting training to the global community of food suppliers.

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