The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 48 million people per year get sick from foodborne diseases and it seems like every day we hear about another disease outbreak caused by contaminated food. Now, recent activity from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aimed at preventing these illnesses. On September 10, the FDA released long-anticipated new rules regarding food safety. The rules are in response to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed in 2011, which was the most extensive reform of food safety laws in over 70 years. According to the FDA website, this law “aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”
For more information about the implementation of the FSMA, see the FDA website.