November 18, 2015 | admin | 8 Comments FSMA – Food Safety Modernization Act On January 4, 2011 president Obama signed into law the FSMA which was created by the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA. It was seen as the most significant reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years and would include measures to ensure consumable items would be safe for your pet. It’s goal is to ensure the safety of the US food supply by utilizing prevention rather than reaction and exposure to contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people get sick yearly from foodborne illness and that this is generally preventable. The FDA will become able to ensure a stronger food safety system that includes enforcement capabilities for prevention compliance. Working with local and state authorities, the FDA is also utilizing new tools to hold imported foods to the same expectations as domestic foods. FDA To Do List Prevention controls Food facilities are required to formulate a plan that identifies possible hazards and steps to avoid, how they will monitor controls, maintain records and identifying action that would be taken in the event a problem occurs. The establishment of basic standards of growing and harvesting of fruits and vegetables. The prevention of intentional adulteration of food. Inspection and Compliance A set inspection schedule for food producers will be utilized. The FDA will have access to records that include safety plans. The requirement of food testing to be performed by accredited laboratories. How the FDA will Respond Mandatory recalls and the detention of products that are considered suspect. Suspension of facility registrations which will stop movement of a product. Advanced recordkeeping for foods thought to be high risk and the creation of a system that will track both domestic and imported foods. Safe For Your Pet Too Not only was the goal of the FSMA to enact greater authority over compliance in imported products, but also to develop partnerships with governmental agencies, both domestic and foreign, to ensure the safety of our food and the food that we feed our pets. Legislation gave the FDA the task to create comprehensive controls, based on prevention, across the human and animal food supply. The proposed rule, as a preventative control, will utilize equal processing standards for facilities that manufacture, process and pack food for pets and animal feed. This will be accomplished via Good Manufacturing Practices, or GMPs that will be applied to the manufactures. Historically, there have been no GMPs in place controlling animal food and it is safe to say that they are sorely needed. Included in the list of requirements are adequate sanitation of plants and grounds, pest control, safe storage and use of cleaning supplies and proper labeling of animal food and the ingredients they are made from. These expectations mirror the GMPs for human food since it is understood that contaminated pet food has the ability to harm humans also.