Sep 17, 2013
FDA to hold additional public meetings on FSMA Proposed Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two additional public meetings on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies. These meetings are the second and third in a series of meetings announced in the Aug. 16 Federal Register Notice and on FDA’s FSMA website.

The first meeting will be Sept. 19-20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The second meeting will be held Oct. 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Fla. The third meeting is scheduled for Oct. 22-23 at the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif.

The purpose of the public meetings, according to the FDA, is to discuss the two proposed rules aimed at strengthening assurances that imported food meets the same safety standards as food produced domestically. The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) proposal would establish requirements for importers to verify that their foreign suppliers are implementing the modern, prevention-oriented food safety practices called for by FSMA. The second proposed rule on the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies would strengthen the quality, objectivity and transparency of foreign food safety audits on which many U.S. food companies and importers currently rely to help manage the safety of their global food supply chains.

For more information or to register online, click here.

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