The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) ushers in greater oversight and accountability regarding food safety standards. As part of the Act's rollout, federal and state agencies are developing an enforcement framework whereby they will combine resources to ensure the FSMA is implemented as envisioned. Already, the Act's produce safety rule has gone into effect. Compliance dates for organizations subject to the rule are staggered based on business size and other factors, such as qualified exemptions and type of produce.
Produce Processing magazine recently wrote an article about the FSMA's rollout in its January/February 2016 issue. Appearing in the publication's regulatory update column, the article is titled "Enforcing FSMA: An examination of how state and federal agencies will partner in enforcement." Attorney John T. Shapiro, a Partner in the Food Industry Team, was interviewed for the piece. In the article, Mr. Shapiro says that “FSMA imposes a new regime — proactive risk management designed to eliminate the likelihood of unsafe food entering the consumer marketplace. But rather than placing the burden of that proactive risk management squarely on the back of the government, FSMA places primary responsibility for food safety on food growers, manufacturers and others in the food supply chain.”
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