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.
Is your company meeting Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) guidelines? This initiative was introduced in 2009, and has been built as a roadmap to a common standard for external traceability. Implementing this initiative is a critical strategy that will help your company comply with strict food safety and supply chain regulations.
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