At the beginning of the year, the FDA published two proposed rules: Preventative Controls for Human Foods (section 103) and the Produce Safety Standards (section 105). The initial comment period for the proposed rules has been extended and now closes on November 16, 2013. The preventative controls rule will affect almost all manufacturers selling food in the U.S. A couple of interim final rules were also finalized: the Administrative Detention of Human and Animal Food (section 207) and the Prior Notice of Import Food Rules (section 304). The FDA also has published a small entity guide for the administrative detention of foods, as well as a tool to help facilities perform vulnerability assessments (section 106).
The FDA has sent their report on the pilot studies for improving product tracing along the food safety supply chain (section 204) to Congress. The proposals for the Accreditation of Third Parties to Conduct Food Safety Audits and for Other Related Purposes (Section 307) and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (Section 301) were released on July 26, 2013. For the third party audits, the Model Accreditation Standards still need to be published.
Last update September 17, 2013