FDA Releases Details of FSMA Rule, Extends Compliance Deadlines
by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Meeting a court directed deadline, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration submitted the final rule for the Food Safety Modernization Act for publication at the end of August, releasing information on its website on Sept. 10. Official publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for Sept. 17.
Signed into law in early 2011, FSMA reforms food safety laws, shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The rule introduces new rules for feed manufacturers, which will include the ethanol industry’s coproducts bound for domestic livestock feeding.
The rule requires animal food facilities to have a written food safety plan that includes a hazard analysis and preventive controls, which will need to be reanalyzed at least once every three years. The FDA says it has finalized Current Good Manufacturing Practices for feed producers which are to be implemented first, and which the agency says “take into consideration the unique aspects of the animal food industry and provide flexibility for the wide diversity in types of animal food facilities.”
The final rule will take effect Sept. 17, when it is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register. In the interim, the PDF of the 666-page rule is available here.
The FDA has scheduled three webinars regarding the rule, and will be posting the slides and recordings to its website. The webinar planned for Sept. 17 will cover significant provisions of the rule regarding preventive controls for animal feed.
Ethanol Producer Magazine has scheduled a webinar for 2 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, Oct. 6, to address FSMA’s impact on the ethanol industry. Speakers will include David Fairfield, vice president, National Grain & Feed Association; Kelly Davis, director of regulatory affairs, Renewable Fuels Association; and Charles Hurburgh, Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, Iowa State University. All three are part of an FDA alliance which has been working on a training program to be offered in the months ahead. READ MORE and MORE (Food and Drug Administration)