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FSMA Update: FDA Releases FSMA Compliance Deadlines Guide

FDA has released a helpful and user friendly Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance date webpage to assist farmers, manufacturers of food and food products, and other stakeholders.[1]  The webpage includes deadlines for the following rules:… Read More
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FSMA Update: FDA Releases Guidance Documents on CGMP Requirements of Animal Food Rule and Exemptions from FSMA Requirements of Human and Animal Food Rules

On October 19, 2017, FDA announced the publication of two guidance documents to assist industry stakeholders in compliance with regulations promulgated pursuant to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): #235 – Current Good Manufacturing Practic… Read More
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FDA Inspector General Report on Progress of FSMA Inspections

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its internal report on the agency’s domestic food facility inspections: Challenges Remain in FDA’s Inspections of Domestic Food Fac… Read More
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FDA Adds New Chapter on Heat Treatment to its Preventive Controls Guidance under FSMA

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the installment of Chapter Six to its “Draft Guidance for Industry: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” (Draft Guidance). The Draft Guidance explains FDA’s c… Read More
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I’m a FSVP Importer: How Do I Know When I Need To Comply?

That is one of the most common – and difficult – questions to answer when OFW Law teaches a Food Safety Modernization Act Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSMA FSVP) course.  Determining the compliance dates is typically more chal… Read More
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The Relatively Unknown FSMA Rule – Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Rule

FSMA – The D.C. acronym for the Food Safety Modernization Act.  When I am working with clients or speaking with industry, everyone is familiar with FSMA.  But they think of FSMA as the Preventive Controls or Produce Safety Rules.  Some are also… Read More
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FDA Finalizes FSMA Third-Party Certification User Fee Program

Last week, FDA issued a final rule to establish a user fee program for a voluntary accreditation program under Section 808 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (added by Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)). In November 2015, the FDA promulga… Read More
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FDA Issues Final Guidance on VQIP

FDA today announced the availability of its finalized “FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program: Guidance for Industry.”  It also published a Fact Sheet on the Final Guidance, as well as Instructions for Submission of Voluntary Qualified Imp… Read More
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Food Regulation: A Changing of the Guard

Irrespective of whether you voted for or against Donald Trump, last night’s election results will lead to a significant changing of the guard in how food is regulated by FDA and USDA.  In his Contract with America, soon-to-be-President Trump promi… Read More
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An Early Look at Some Congressional Changes Impacting Agriculture

With the House and Senate remaining under Republican majorities, it is very unclear what matters may be handled in the lame duck session, and which ones will be pushed into the 115th Congress.  Some will want to extend the Continuing Resolution fro… Read More
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