FDA to host public meeting on FSMA and international capacity building

Want to chat with the FDA about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and imports? You’ll have a chance June 19, when the agency hosts a public meeting to discuss the international capacity building portion of the legislation.

Under FSMA, the FDA must develop a plan to increase the scientific, regulatory and technical food safety capacity of companies in foreign countries that export to the U.S. along with their governments, according to the FDA.

Parts of the plan include agreements for greater cooperation in regard to food safety, data sharing, and training of foreign governments and companies on U.S. food safety standards.

The meeting will be held June 19 in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here or here.

Rules stemming from FSMA, which was passed in 2011, have been slow in arriving. However, progress is being made. In April, the FDA published a new produce rule open for a 120 day comment period. Other rules include verification of those who export to the U.S., preventative controls for animal feed producers and preventative controls for food producers.

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