In the food industry, we have been hearing about FSMA for a couple of years now. The AIB has recently updated it’s guide to FSMA, and we think it’s a great resource!
FSMA is an amendment to the FD&C Act, therefore it applies to food and manufacturing sites that fall under the FD&C Act and are under FDA jurisdiction (Including foreign facilities that export to the USA). It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by focusing on prevention. FSMA does not apply to USDA regulated facilities.
The AIB guide states that FSMA is needed due to significant failures in food safety in recent years, including major recalls and major outbreaks, in addition to increased risks including issues with food allergens.
There are sections that apply directly to the food industry. These are grouped into 4 segments, including:
- Preventing food safety problems
- Detecting and responding to food safety problems
- improving the safety of imported foods.
For the most current information on FSMA visit AIB Knowledge Center.