The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to deadlines to meet requirements included in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.
In a settlement with the Center for Food Safety, FDA agreed to designate "high-risk" foods by September 2020 and establish reporting requirements for those foods by November 2022, with a proposed rule due by September 2020.
CFS attorney Ryan Talbott called the settlement “a major victory for public health. FDA has sat on its hands for years, neglecting to make these high-risk designations, while outbreaks caused by Salmonella, E. coli, and other pathogens have sickened and killed people. This settlement ensures FDA will finally take these much-needed actions to reduce the threat of foodborne illness."
CFS lawsuits in the three years after FSMA was passed resulted in a schedule for FDA to issue “seven different major food safety rules, the basic rules that oversee all areas of the food system under FSMA, including food production, transport, and imports,” the group said.
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