Strongly funding and fully implementing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a critical step toward modernizing our current system of food safety oversight. The FDA recently released its strategy for implementing the FSMA Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards, a blueprint of how it will assure compliance with the law’s requirements.
Pew’s safe food project provided the agency with input on the key question of how to "measure" progress in meeting FSMA’s goal of improved public health. The project believes that any metrics for success must be tied directly to public health, and that FDA should closely track product-contamination rates. Detailed comments on FDA’s strategy can be found here.