Pew Submits Comments on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Pew Submits Comments on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

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.

5 Facts Supporting FDA’s Food Safety Budget Request
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For fiscal year 2016, the president asked Congress for $109.5 million in additional funding for the Food and Drug Administration to continue implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Providing the agency with the resources needed to implement this important food safety law has been a bipartisan priority since FSMA was enacted in 2011.

Boost to Food Safety Funding Would Benefit Public Health and Food Producers
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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) overhauls the systems and practices that ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply. The law focuses the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight on preventing food contamination rather than reacting once illnesses have occurred.

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