Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance to food manufacturers and importers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the guidance, FDA stated it will temporarily not enforce supplier verification onsite audit requirements for receiving facilities and importers under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) so long as other supplier verification methods are used instead.

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We are approximately nine months into FDA’s animal feed and pet food facility inspections for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PC) rule. With PC inspections starting for small businesses this Fall, there are a few lessons we have learned from the inspections that have occurred to date.

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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) sets forth sweeping reforms of US food safety laws with the primary goal of strengthening the food safety system through prevention of food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur.

The FSMA aims to preempt safety concerns at all levels of the