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FDA Announced Final Rule on Preventive Controls for Human Food

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The Natural Products Association (NPA) attended an FDA briefing on September 10, 2015 for industry stakeholders discussing the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (Final Rule) under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDA hasn’t set a date(s) yet on when the rules will be enforced, but has a timeline for when businesses will need to comply.

“We also are revising certain definitions in our regulation for Registration of Food Facilities to clarify the scope of the exemption from registration requirements provided for “farms” and, in so doing, to clarify which domestic and foreign facilities are subject to the requirements for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food,” the FDA ruling said.

Compliance dates range from one to three years depending on the type and/or size of the business. Webinars aimed at discussing the Preventive Controls for dietary ingredients was brought up, and a date is pending. Final rule is intended to build a food safety system that makes modern, science- and risk-based preventive controls the norm across all sectors of the food system.

FDA will be hosting three webinars soon after the release of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rules on Preventive Controls. These rules will set new safety requirements for facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food and animal food.

For more information, visit the federalregsiter.gov.

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