The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed two new food safety rules, which will implement the Food Safety Modernisation Act signed into law in January 2011.
The new rules are designed to help reduce the incidence of foodborne illness and improve produce safety and have been drawn up after extensive outreach activity and consultation.
The first proposed rule requires the manufacturers of all foods sold in the USA, whether domestic or imported, to have a formal risk-based food safety management plan and a plan for corrective action in the event of problems. The second rule proposes enforceable, science-based safety standards for production and harvesting of fresh produce on farms.
The proposed rules will now be available for public comment for the next 120 days.
FDA press release