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FSMA Site Inspections Start in 2016

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Are you prepared to move quickly to meet the new standards set to be released by the FDA by the end of this year? The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 gives the FDA broad powers to closely inspect food manufacturers and enforce strict traceability standards across the industry. Legally mandated facility inspections will start in 2016.
 
Here is what we know:

  • Through FSMA, the FDA is charged with preventing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, can require mass food recalls and has expanded authority to inspect imported foods.
  • The FDA has already released draft proposals for its key rules scheduled to be officially issued in phases:
    • ​August 30, 2015 - Preventative Controls
    • October 31, 2015 - Imported Food & Foreign Suppliers
    • March 31, 2015 - Food Transportation
    • May 31, 2015 - Intentional Adulteration of Food
  • The new rules mandate manufactures to be able to track and trace all ingredients, including imported ingredients, through nearly every step of the supply chain. Having marking and coding technologies in place that are flexible and scalable is a must moving forward.


Resources:
 
FSMA Rules & Guidance For Industry
A comprehensive listing of the draft proposals that are likely to go into effect as enforceable regulations.


GS1: Product Tracing, Critical Tracking Events and Key Data Elements
Moving toward a single global standard for implementing traceability measures in the food and beverage industry.


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