FDA's Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) require importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards. More specifically, FSVP requires that importers verify that their suppliers are producing food using processes and procedures that offer the same level of public health protection as the preventive controls requirements in the Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food rules and the Produce Safety Rule, and that the food is not adulterated and properly labeled with respect to allergens. As the program progresses, FDA remains committed to fulfilling its public health mission. Through continuous monitoring, FDA targets high-risk products and supply chains to ensure the efficient use of resources and the most impactful FSVP inspections.
In 2011, the same year that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network to serve as the agency's focal point for response coordination and evaluation of foodborne illness outbreaks. The primary role of FDA CORE is to conduct outbreak surveillance, manage the response efforts, and initiate post-outbreak activities related to incidents involving multiple illnesses linked to FDA-regulated human food, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products. This article explores the evolution, work, and perpetual improvement of the CORE Network.
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has proposed to set a limit for ethylene oxide in all food additives in line with EU regulations and is calling for stakeholder feedback, alongside a public consultation on several regulated product applications.
In light of USDA-FSIS’s proposed regulatory framework to reduce Salmonella illnesses attributable to poultry, a recently published report by the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) provides guidance on microbiological criteria that might be used to identify and incentivize effective intervention strategies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new webpage listing retail food safety resources and information, along with a new job aid about time/temperature control foods according to the FDA Food Code.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) recently highlighted its key achievements in 2023 that helped strengthen food safety and the supply chain, including efforts on a new regulatory framework to crack down on Salmonella in poultry.