The final rule’s compliance date is April 6, 2017 for large shippers and carriers while smaller operators have until 2018. Shippers, Carriers Race to Prepare for April Start of Federal Food Safety Modernization new Regulation, say’s a new article by American Trucking Associations Inc.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) establishes a framework that involves multiple layers of protection and recognizes the important role we all play in protecting consumers from unsafe food. At its core, however, FSMA makes it clear that the food industry has the primary responsibility for food safety. FDA’s role is to establish strong, risk-based food safety standards and to oversee industry to help ensure that it is meeting these standards. Independent of FDA’s oversight role, FSMA also puts an obligation on certain entities in the food industry to verify that their suppliers are meeting FDA food safety standards. The agency contemplates a role for reliable, third-party audits, whether they’re conducted by a government agency or a private concern.
See what’s new in 2017 with the FSMA at www.fda.gov