In the wake of several tainted food outbreaks, Congress enacted the first major overhaul of food safety laws since 1938 to strengthen FDA authority over food production and processing. The law set deadlines for FDA to publish regulations to carry out new responsibilities such as preventive controls and hazard analysis requirements for food production facilities, safer production of fruits and vegetables, and preventing contaminated food imports. FSMA also granted FDA authority for the first time to mandate food recalls and suspend facilities. It also directed FDA to publish regulations within 18 months to implement its mandate.
its intention that the process be close-ended, rather than open-ended,”
Last fall, after the FDA missed the deadline for
promulgating proposed regulations, the Washington-based Center for Food Safety
“Today is good day for food safety and for consumers,” said
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