FDA Moves to Prevent Foodborne Illness
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Thursday, September 17, 2015 03:09 PM

About one in six Americans gets sick each year from foodborne illness, according to the CDC, and 3,000 Americans die from such illnesses every year. In an effort to prevent foodborne illness, the FDA has finalized requirements for food production facilities to have preventive plans and controls, the agency announced.

The finalization of the two steps would be the first of seven major ones outlined in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in 2011 by President Obama.

"This final rule is the product of an unprecedented level of outreach by the FDA to industry, consumer groups, the agency's federal, state, local and tribal regulatory counterparts, academia, and other stakeholders," said the agency.  The food safety plans by food production facilities must include potential problems that could compromise the safety of their food and an outline of how to minimize or deal with those problems. The food companies will be responsible for monitoring their own facilities, said the FDA. "Under these rules, the FDA will be able to assess these systems and their outcomes to prevent problems, will better be able to respond when food safety problems occur, and better protect the safety of manufactured food," the agency wrote.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/FDAGeneral/53486