“Many processors are taking a wait and see approach on the FSMA and my recommendation would be to start acting now,” said Chestnut. Chestnut will outline ways in which processors can implement immediate changes, which is essential as the FDA enters the rule-making phase of the FSMA. “Any processor that sources raw materials internationally will be affected,” said Chestnut. “And, if you buy directly and are the importer of record, you can certainly anticipate new obligations,” he concluded.
Fresh produce and other “high risk” foods will receive additional emphasis under the new law. The FDA has been given the authority to require the food safety certification of imported food products based on risk factors. When asked if the climate of cost-cutting in Washington will delay the implementation of the FSMA, Chestnut replied: “Perhaps the opposite. What has been mandated to the FDA is the law, so it must be implemented. And the resources requested by the legislation may not get funded so the FDA may have to be more innovative, including greater use of 3rd party auditing as a way to support the Agency’s mandate”. This seminar is one of over thirty seminars available at no cost to the attendees of Process Expo 2011. To register on-line or for more information about this and other seminars as well as the Expo, go to Process Expo's Web site.