Uh-huh: FDA promises help, not crackdown, on FSMA rules

When someone says they’re going to educate someone else, things have really gone off the rails.

The goal is to inform, with rapid, reliable, relevant and repeated information.

Fonzie_jumps_the_sharkAccording to The Packer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to educate before it enforces new food safety laws.

Roberta Wagner, deputy director for regulatory affairs for the FDA’s Center for Food safety and Applied Nutrition told a June 11 workshop at United Fresh 2014 that all rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act are due from the agency in 2015.

Part of FDA’s challenge is creating a new way of treating inspections. For example, Wagner said that looking independent third-party audits showed new ways to determine whether a company has a culture of food safety.

“What we’re learning is that there is a line of questioning that help establish whether there is a food safety culture in a facility or on a given farm and we don’t have that line of questioning,” she said. ”We need to ask different questions to assess if there is a food safety culture in a given facility or in a growing operation.”

Wagner said the FDA also may want to give industry credit for making voluntary corrections. To do that, she said the agency plans capture more data on voluntary compliance.

“To elicit the culture change, we literally have to start with the way we hire, what we look at in our investigators, how we train our investigators and how we establish compliance strategies,” she said.

Food safety culture really has jumped the shark.

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