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Produce Safety Press Release

January 6, 2020: The FDA has released an article that emphasizes the importance of produce safety standards 

 
FDA Update- Enforcement Discretion Policy for Co-Manufacturers under FSMA

November 6, 2019: The FDA has released an update on continuing the enforcement discretion policy for co-manufacturers under the Preventive Controls for Human Foods, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs. 

 
FDA Report on Cucumbers

Fall 2019: The FDA has released a report on microbiological surveillance sampling of cucumbers from FY16-17. 

 
PCHF Draft Guidance - Chapter 14 Recall Plans

Fall 2019: The FDA has released the 14th chapter of the draft guidance document for FSMA’s final rule on Preventive Controls for Human Food. This chapter focuses on what is required in the recall plan and resources to assist with preparing the recall plan.

 
FDA Launches the FDA-TRACK: Food Safety Dashboard to track FSMA Progress

September 30, 2019: The FDA has established the FDA-TRACK: Food Safety Dashboard to track the impact, meaure the progress, and assist with implementation of the seven rules that make up FSMA. 

 
Guidance for Industry - Evaluating Alternate Curricula for the Produce Safety Rule 

June 2019: The FDA has provided guidance on what farms should consider when choosing Produce Safety Rule (PSR) training and what educators should consider when creating or evaluating alternate curricula related to the PSR. 

 
Draft Guidance for Industry - Number of Employees for the Purpose of Small Business Definition

June 2019: The FDA has provided guidance for the industry to assist with determining the number of employees for the "small business" definition for Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) and FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule and Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. 

 
Guidance for Industry - Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls

November 2018: The FDA has released a guidance document related to common questions and answers regarding mandatory food recalls for FSMA. 

 
Draft Guidance for Industry - Food Facility Registration

August 2018: The FDA has developed a guidance document to answer frequently asked questions related to food facility registration requirements for Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) and FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule and Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.  

 
FSMA Compliance Dates

October 23, 2017: The FDA has created a webpage that outlines the compliance dates for each FSMA rule for each facility type.

 

FDA Guidance Documents to help companies with FSMA Compliance

October 19, 2017: The FDA has released two guidance documents intended to help companies come into compliance with FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule and Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. The first document provides companies producing food intended for animal consumption help with ensuring that they are meeting Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs). The second document explains possible “solely engaged” exemptions for operations that store or transport raw agricultural commodities.


FDA Fact Sheet

September 19, 2017: FDA Commissioner addresses state agriculture commissioners; announces new steps to enhance collaboration with states and ensure farmers are prepared for FSMA. Included in the announcement are: a proposed extension for agricultural water compliance dates; equivalent testing methods for agricultural water; extension of compliance dates for produce farm inspections; training opportunities for producers and regulators.

 

New Steps to Enhance Collaboration With States

September 12, 2017: FDA Commissioner addresses state agriculture commissioners; announces new steps to enhance collaboration with states and ensure farmers are prepared for FSMA. Included in the announcement are: a proposed extension for agricultural water compliance dates; equivalent testing methods for agricultural water; extension of compliance dates for produce farm inspections; training opportunities for producers and regulators.

 

Produce Safety Rule Guidance for Small Businesses 

September 5, 2017: The FDA has released a guidance document designed to help small businesses come into compliance with FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule. This guidance document is part of the FDA’s Small Entity Compliance Guides (SECGs), which seek to help small businesses meet federal standards.

 

PCHF Draft Guidance - Chapter 6 on Heat Treatment

August 30, 2017: The FDA has released the sixth chapter of the draft guidance document for FSMA’s final rule on Preventive Controls for Human Food. This chapter focuses on how to establish a heat treatment method to prevent contamination by disease-causing bacteria.

 

Intenational Adulteration Rule - Guidance for Small Businesses

August 24, 2017: The FDA has released a guide document designed to help small businesses come into compliance with FSMA’s Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration rule.

 

FDA's Food Safety Plan Builder

August 22, 2017: The FDA has launched a new software tool, called the Food Safety Plan Builder, to help companies create a food safety plan for their facility that follows FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. This free software application was designed to help smaller businesses that may have limited resources, but can be useful for any sized operation.

 

Guidance Document on Sanitary Transportation - Waivers to the Rule

August 14, 2017: The FDA has released a guidance document for FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule. This guidance document specifically explains the three waivers to the rule, which were originally announced in April.

 

FSMA and Low-Acid Canned Foods, Juice and Seafood

August 7, 2017: FDA has released three new guidelines to help producers already following the FDA’s regulations for low-acid canned foods and juice or seafood HACCP figure out how FSMA affects them.

 

FDA Commissioner Scott Gotlieb's Statement on CAP 

July 19, 2017: FDA commissioner, Scott Gotlieb, released a statement about the $30.9 million the FDA is distributing between 43 states to help implement the produce safety rule. This comes as part of the State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP).

 

Three Waivers to FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule

April 5, 2017: The FDA has announced that there will be three waivers to FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule. These waivers will be offered to businesses whose operations are already following regulations from federal, state, or local entities.

 

FDA Announces Simplification of Ag Water Standards in Produce Safety Rule 

March 20, 2017: The FDA is looking into ways to simplify the standards for agricultural water set by FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule. Feedback the FDA has received shows that some of these standards are too complex to understand and implement effectively. Due to this, the FDA is seeking to simplify the microbial quality and testing requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, while still protecting public health.

 

Produce Safety Rule Guidance for Sprout Growers

January 19, 2017: The FDA has released a draft guidance document to help sprout operations comply with FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule.

 

Guidance on Farms and Facilities Classification 

August 24, 2016: The FDA has released draft guidance documents for FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Animal Food and to help with the classification of activities for farms and facilities. These topics are covered in three draft guidance documents covering: Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements for animals, human food by-products for use as animal food, and the classification of activities as harvesting, packing, holding, or manufacturing/processing for farms and facilities.