January 06, 2015 Articles

FSMA: New Rules Mean New Risks for Food Industry Clients

By Sarah Brew and Rachael Dettmann Spiegel

FSMA, what is it? If you have clients in the food, dietary supplement, or animal feed industries, you might have heard rumblings about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and client confusion regarding how companies can become FSMA-compliant. After years of delays in releasing proposed regulations, we now have a certain date by which operations will need to be compliant with the primary FSMA regulations, thanks to a lawsuit and consent decree between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a consumer activist group. Noncompliance with FSMA could lead to significant business risks for your clients, including possible litigation. This article briefly explains FSMA, discusses its impacts on the food industry, and provides a high-level overview of the newly revised proposed rules released by the FDA in late September.

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