Food Safety Modernization Act Regulation

Following enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act in December 2010, Arnall Golden Gregory has assisted clients in understanding and navigating the sweeping changes to our nation’s food safety regulatory system. The Act requires food manufacturers,  processing facilities, and food distributors in the United States to evaluate food safety hazards more rigorously, undergo more inspections, implement preventive controls, and follow stricter standards to ensure food does not become adulterated or misbranded.

The key areas on which we are advising clients include:

  • Understanding the scope of the new statutory requirements
  • Evaluating and assessing proposed new regulations to implement the Act
  • Preparing for the increased inspection authority by FDA
  • Implementation of the registration process for food producers
  • Development of written preventive food safety plans that allow clients to perform comprehensive hazard analysis, implement preventive controls, provide monitoring of the performance of these controls, and specify the corrective actions that will be taken when necessary
  • Development of education, training, and technical assistance
  • Imported food verification programs, including risk-based foreign supplier verification
  • Procedures for addressing the whistleblower provisions of the Act