The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken an important step towards improving food safety in the USA by finalising the first two of seven major rules under the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA).
The first two rules to be finalised are the preventative controls rules, which require human and animal food facilities to develop and implement written food safety plans based on HACCP principles that identify possible problems and outline how they would be prevented or minimised. Food businesses will thus be accountable for monitoring their facilities and controlling food safety hazards.
The rules also allow the FDA to assess companies’ food safety systems to help prevent problems and respond more quickly when they occur. Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr Stephen Ostroff, commented, “Today’s announcement sets us on the path to a modern food safety system that will prevent illnesses and continue to build confidence in the safety of the food served to our families every day.”
More information can be found on the FDA website here.