Healthy INSIDER Podcast 36: Trade Org Asks for FSMA Clarification

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) overhauled the U.S. food safety requirements, but some of the law’s implementation is open to interpretation.  The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has asked for clarity.  In this podcast, Tony Young, partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker LLP, and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, Natural Products INSIDER, discuss how the law is unclear about what aspects supplement brands need to follow as well as how the relatively new law has already changed the way food safety is seen by consumers, regulators and FDA, which is tasked with enforcing the law. They also discuss how FDA has moved beyond examine records and is now taking samples at manufacturing facilities and testing them for microbial contamination and the reportable food registry and, though established before FSMA, how it affects the food safety landscape.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) overhauled the U.S. food safety requirements, but some of the law’s implementation is open to interpretation.  The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has asked for clarity.

In this podcast, Tony Young, partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker LLP, and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, Natural Products INSIDER, discuss how the law is unclear about what aspects supplement brands need to follow as well as:

  • How the relatively new law has already changed the way food safety is seen by consumers, regulators and FDA, which is tasked with enforcing the law.
  • How FDA has moved beyond examine records and is now taking samples at manufacturing facilities and testing them for microbial contamination
  • The reportable food registry and, though established before FSMA, how it affects the food safety landscape

This podcast follows a webinar conducted by the American Herbal Product Association (AHPA), where Young goes more into depth about FSMA inspections and other speakers cover best practices to ensure compliance. Check out the webinar, “FSMA Direct Impacts to Most AHPA Members” on the AHPA website.

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