FDA Issues Three New Food Safety Rules

FDA Issues Three New Food Safety Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three new rules Friday implementing the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.  The Produce Safety Rule establishes requirements for agricultural water quality; employee health and hygiene; wild and domesticated animals; compost, manure and other “biological soil amendments;” and equipment, tools and buildings.  The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Rule requires food importers to verify that foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner that meets U.S. standards and achieving the same level of food safety as domestic farms and food facilities.  The Accredited Third-Party Certification Rule establishes a program for accrediting third-party certification bodies (“auditors”) to conduct food safety audits and to certify that foreign suppliers meet applicable U.S. requirements.  The rules are intended to offer greater protections against foodborne illness. More here and here. [11/13/15]

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