Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, FDA CFSAN Office of Food Safety, and Dr. David Acheson of The Acheson Group, will be discussing this rule along with broader FSMA implementation during the ABA October Policy Conference.
ABA has supported FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but has long advocated for flexibility in FDA’s rule proposals. ABA has also urged FDA to provide adequate compliance time for implementation.
In its efforts regarding the preventive controls rule, ABA:
- Was victorious in seeking an exemption for ambient temperature warehouses and depots that store packaged food and sought an exemption for facilities that hold packaged ingredients and food under refrigerated conditions
- Opposed user fees
- Urged risk-based voluntary pathogen testing instead of finished product testing
- Pushed for then exemption of innovation centers used for research and development
- Encouraged streamlining and focusing on higher-risk issues
“A one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate in the food safety context; flexibility is critical,” said Lee Sanders, ABA Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs.