FDA Holding Meetings on Food GMPs
WASHINGTONIt has been almost 20 years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the GMPs (good manufacturing practices) for food manufacturers. The agency is taking steps toward updating the requirements to reflect current practice, starting with a series of public meetings. The first meeting was to be held June 11 in College Park, Md.; subsequent meetings are set for July 2 in Monterey, Calif., and July 21 in Chicago. Written and electronic comments will also be taken through Sept. 10.
A series of questions were set forth by the agency to focus public comment. They include what types of practices are most and least effective in preventing food hazards, what types of GMP controls could impact food hazards, what are the primary contributors to the presence of undeclared allergens in food, and what existing outside or international standards should be considered as possible guides. The questions and further details are available online at www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS.