Happy New Year to everyone! I wanted to step back and take a moment to thank all our members who have helped grow our new EHSQ Professional Community over 2016. We now have just over 13,500 members. There have been many great contributions, online member events and discussions. In this edition we wanted to share a few great online events and resources from the end of 2016, and wish everyone the best for 2017. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.
Earlier this week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first set of rules under the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), legislation signed earlier this year which gives the FDA sweeping powers to prevent food safety disasters.
The two new rules, which take effect July 3, are pretty logical preventive measures that, in all fairness, probably should have been implemented a long time ago. The new rules are as follows:
- Order on Administration Detention of Food: The first new rule gives the FDA the authority to hold food products that may be contaminated or mislabeled. Before now, the administration only had the right to detain food when it had sufficient evidence it was mislabeled or contaminated, thereby presenting a threat to humans or animals. Now if the FDA even suspects contamination or mislabeling, it can detain the product.
- Rule on Imported Food: Organizations importing food now have