With the fairly recent DQSA (Drug Quality and Security Act), plus new regulations in China for GSP, and the EU for GDP, plus rumors that Japan will be adopting the EU GDP guidelines, it seems that global regulations are becoming harmonized. These regulations are based upon quality, risk mitigation, and the measures taken to prevent adulteration or the counterfeiting of drugs.
If all goes as the FDA plans with its Food Safety Modernization Act, importers will soon be required to meet the same level of public health protection as food that is produced in the United States. The new law is meant to significantly enhance the FDA’s ability to oversee the millions of food products coming into the United States from other countries each year. This ruling is also intended to reduce annual costs associated with imported foods and food borne illness.
With all the “Breaking News” headlines we receive related to food safety matters, it is easy to get troubled on the domestic front, or for any of us that travel abroad. The weekly saturation of emails and notices I read on this topic reveal disturbing facts that would turn even the most iron-clad of stomachs sour.
Ongoing programs like the VFC (Vaccines for Children) and the Pneumonia vaccine for the older members of the community are seen as annual programs. However, we always associate the Flu vaccine with fall and winter.
Ready for it or not, the FDA is overhauling the food safety system, and companies impacted by the FSMA ruling will be forced to abide by these eventual new regulations.
How soon must shippers, drivers, carriers, and receivers of food products comply? The answer is clear that vendors will need to get themselves in gear.
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