On January 4th, 2011 President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which updates the Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1938, as well as other regulations related to food safety published since then.
As a result, all US food manufacturing facilities registered with the FDA, as well as those in foreign countries which are exporting to the US, will have to update their food safety and food defense programs in order to meet new FSMA requirements.
The final regulations related to 1) Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls for Human Food and Animal Feed, 2) Food Defense, 3) Sanitary Transport, and 4) Domestic and Foreign Supplier Verification will be issued late 2015 and early 2016.
Most food firms will have about 12 months to prepare until the effective dates when the FDA will have the right to begin enforcing these regulations.
US manufacturing and distribution facilities: managers and other key personnel responsible for food safety and food defense (e.g., procurement, manufacturing, sanitation, maintenance and quality assurance)
Importers: Importers of food products who will be held accountable for the compliance status of the imported products, as well as their foreign suppliers
Familiarity and experience with food safety regulations, including FSMA rules will enhance learning experience and retention.
Course is subject to updates as final rules are released.
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