Because a breakdown at any point in the farm-to-table food supply chain can threaten the health and safety of consumers and cause serious financial repercussions for food manufacturers, the FSMA integrates with and expands the FDA’s currently established safety practices for poultry, seafood, juice, produce, and eggs, making prevention easier throughout the domestic and international food system.
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Other key regulatory changes introduced by the FSMA include:
The FDA will have the authority to issue direct recalls of potentially contaminated food items, rather than relying on individual producers to issue recalls.
Food safety plans, such as hazard analysis and critical control points plans for implementing corrective actions, will be required and must be accessible to the FDA at all times with short notice.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will implement a food tracing system to streamline the process of pinpointing the source of contamination in case of an outbreak. This includes the source of the original ingredients as well as the final products (lot numbers) in which these ingredients were used.