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If you’ve been following this blog for news about updates about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), then yout know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been busy over the past year issuing new guidance on its FSMA’s Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules. Regulatory agencies, like the FDA, issue “Guidance” and “Fact Sheets” to answer specific questions or provide clarification to the industries they regulate about how the agency interprets its own rules and regulations. Below is a brief summary of the FDA’s latest statements about how the agency interprets parts of its Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules. And if you haven’t been following along, you can search this blog for “FSMA” to see all the information we’ve provided since the FDA started issuing its regulations in 2015 to keep Maryland’s producers and processors aware of the most sweeping reform of our country’s food safety laws in more than 70 years. Read More
I have posted about this topic in the past, but given how many growers remain confused about the FSMA, let’s dive into who needs to attend the upcoming November FSMA trainings.
One of the confusing things about the FSMA is that the law itself became effective in 2011 but the implementing Rules to the law have various effective dates. The FSMA Rules cover many topics including, but not limited to, produce safety, processing of human and animal food, sanitary transportation of human and animal food and foreign supplier verification programs for importers of food for humans and animals. The November trainings are solely focused on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Read More
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Happy Friday. Here is the latest edition of upcoming events and news. Read More
Recently, FSMA training courses available to growers in 2017 were announced. The purpose of this post is to help farmers understand whether or not they need to attend a training course on FSMA. Read More
Although farmers might not be surprised to face an inspection from a state agency such as the Maryland Departments of Agriculture or Environment, they may be unprepared for an inspection from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Understanding the legal authority and permissible scope of an FDA inspection can alleviate confusion surrounding this type of inspection and help the process run a bit smoother. Read More