Food Safety: A Year in Review, 2012 Issues, Challenges, and Forward Momentum
The recall profiles in 2012 were not very different from 2011 or previous years. Consumer risk, brand risk and economic liability due to poor execution of appropriate food safety measures remain a concern for the nation’s food supply. Proper execution of critical food safety programs remains an issue for industry and regulators alike in 2013.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to safeguard the safety of the U.S. food supply, primarily through science- and risk-based preventive controls. Starting in 2013, FSMA requires the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to undertake more than a dozen rule makings, issue industry and topic relevant guidance documents as well as undertake a number of tactical and strategic plans to help with the enactment and enforcement of the new FSMA rules. This report reflects on some significant food incidents that took place in 2012 and explore what may lay ahead for the food industry.
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