2. Implementing FSMA stalls out - The Packer

2. Implementing FSMA stalls out

12/28/2012 12:43:00 PM
Fred Wilkinson

The FSMA includes 90 so-called deliverables in the form of rules, notices, reports to Congress and other actions.

The GAO did a performance audit of FDA’s food advisory and recall process from May 2011 to July 2012 and found significant problems.

Oct. 8
FDA misses deadline to start registrations
By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

As of Oct. 1 “food facilities” were supposed to begin registering and re-registering with the Food and Drug Administration, but on that day the agency announced it was not yet ready to begin accepting registrations — and officials do not know when it will be ready.

The registration period is supposed to be from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. New facilities must register and facilities that have registrations on file are required to re-register this year and again in every even-numbered year.

But until the FDA finalizes “related guidance documents and implement(s) certain policies and processes” no one will be allowed to register or re-register, said FDA trade press liaison Sebastian Cianci.

Oct. 29
FDA begins facility registration 21 days late
By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

Operators of food facilities could begin registering (and re-registering) with the Food and Drug Administration as of Oct. 22 — three weeks after the deadline imposed by the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The FDA’s frequently asked questions Web page about the registration process states: “At this time, the same types of food facilities that were required to register with FDA under section 415 of the FD&C Act before FSMA are required to register with FDA and renew such registrations.”
However, the FDA information includes a reminder that the Food Safety Modernization Act requires the agency to conduct a rulemaking to “clarify the activities that are included as part of the definition of the term ‘facility.’”

That clarification has some in the fresh produce industry wondering who will be required to register.

Nov. 12
GAO tells FDA to rethink certification
By Tom Karst, National Editor

The Food and Drug Administration can’t oversee global food imports on its own and should not plan on relying on third-party certifications — letting rules already in place in exporting countries to ensure food safety.

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office calls on the FDA to better oversee food imports by leveraging other countries’ food safety resources.

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