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FDA to Finalize Two Rules under FSMA by August 30, 2015

In early 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) came to an agreement regarding finalization deadlines for FDA’s proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The deadline for two of those rules is coming up in just six months.  FDA is required to publish final versions of its proposed rules for “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” and “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals” by August 30, 2015.

The proposed rules for human and animal food establish new requirements for facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or store food for human or animal consumption.  For example, food facilities will be required to write and follow a Food Safety Plan.  The facility will need to analyze potential hazards for each type of food at the facility and establish controls to prevent or significantly minimize the potential for occurrence of those hazards.

FDA’s proposed rules for human food were published in January 2013, while the proposed rules for animal food were published in October 2013.  FDA published revisions to both proposed rules in September 2014.  Once the final rules are published, food facilities will have 1 to 3 years to comply, depending on the size of the business.  Compliance dates are as follows:

  • Very small business: 3 years from publication date
  • Small business: 2 years from publication date
  • Other businesses: 1 year from publication date

Registrar Corp can help food facilities navigate and comply with FDA’s upcoming rules for human and animal food.  Registrar Corp can assist in the development or review of a Food Safety Plan, as well as review product labels for FDA compliance and more.   To learn more about FDA’s upcoming final rules under FSMA or how Registrar Corp can assist your facility, contact +1-757-224-0177.  Help is available 24 hours a day through Registrar Corp’s Live Help.