Executive Update

GMA Hosts Embassy Representatives for FSMA Briefing

Earlier this month, GMA hosted prominent members of Washington’s embassy community for a briefing on FDA’s proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for Preventative Controls and Produce Safety.

Elizabeth Fawell, Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP led participants through an informative discussion on the components of the proposed rules and their potential impact on producers outside of the United States. Fawell focused on topics such as the requirement for registered facilities to have a food safety plan in place, the alignment with HACCP, which programs are not yet required but likely will be in the final rule, and the high emphasis placed on accurate recordkeeping.

GMA is leading the effort to submit written comments on the rules, due May 16, 2013. Once the rule is final, compliance will be enforced in one year for large businesses, two years for small businesses and three years for very small businesses.

Diplomatic representatives from governments of Columbia, Chile, Jamaica, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada attended the briefing and actively participated in a question and answer session.  

FDA representatives were also in attendance of the briefing in an effort increase preparations for their FSMA international outreach strategy.