FSMA’s goal is to create new food culture – podcast

The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) aim is to change the mindsets of brands, ingredient suppliers, retailers and consumers on how food is produced in the U.S.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

August 19, 2019

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is designed to change the culture of food safety in the U.S. from a reactionary to a preventative mindset. It’s come with challenges, but the law is helping evolve this thinking in the U.S. as more food and supplement brands are meeting FSMA requirements, according to Bill Bremer, principal, food safety compliance, Kestrel Management. In this podcast, Bremer previews his upcoming SupplySide West presentation on the implementation of the FSMA, the foreign supplier verification program (FSVP) and international rules for the food and beverage sectors. With Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, Bremer notes:

  • The key aspect of FSMA that’s different from other FDA regulations, which makes compliance difficult for brands.

  • Why following FSMA rules is a good ROI beyond legal compliance.

  • The importance of untangling complex supply chains for food safety and FSMA compliance.

Bremer will be speaking at the SupplySide West Workshop “FSMA and Import Requirements for Food and Supplement Brands” on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. to noon at SupplySide West in Las Vegas. This session is underwritten by Venable. Visit supplysidewest.com for more information and to get registered.


About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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