U.S. FDA Issues Draft Guidance For FSMA Compliance


By Pacific Customs Brokers, Pacific Customs Brokers 2018-10-26

The U.S. FDA has issued draft guidance documents to help Farmers and Processors of fresh-cut produce comply with new regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Industry is invited to make comments on the draft guidance documents for a period of 180 days from the release date of October 19, 2018.

The target of the first draft guidance, Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, is to assist growers with meeting the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA. There is a brief introduction at the beginning of each chapter that outlines what information can be found in the chapter. In an attempt to simplify even further FDA has also published an “At-A-Glance” overview that highlights the key points in each chapter of the draft guidance.

FDA has advised that the second draft guidance, Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-Cut Produce, “explains the FDA’s current thinking on how fresh-cut produce processors, such as those that prepare bagged salad mixes and fruit salad, may comply with the requirements found in the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule under FSMA”.

 

To submit comments on the draft guidance for Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption

Submit electronic comments to:

https://www.regulations.gov

 

Submit written comments to:

Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305)

Food and Drug Administration

5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061

Rockville, MD 20852.

 

All comments should be identified with the docket number FDA-2018-D-3631 listed in the notice of availability that publishes in the Federal Register.

 

For questions regarding this draft document

Contact the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at 240-402-1700.

 


To submit Comments on the second draft guidance for Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce

Submit electronic comments to:

https://www.regulations.gov

 

Submit written comment to:

Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305),

Food and Drug Administration,

5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061,

Rockville, MD 20852.

 

All comments should be identified with the docket number FDA-2018-D-3583 listed in the notice of availability that publishes in the Federal Register.

 

For questions regarding this draft document

contact FDA’s Technical Assistance Network by submitting your question at

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm459719.htm

 

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