United States food safety law developments of interest for European food companies

Food safety laws in the United States have changed significantly in recent years, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) being signed into law in 2011, after which the FDA spent several years developing, finalizing, and implementing regulations. Most of the regulations under the FSMA are now being enforced, and the FDA is focusing considerable efforts on its inspectional activities.

The FSMA regulations apply to companies that sell FDA-regulated food in the United States, with very few exceptions, so companies in Germany and Austria are covered by these new requirements as applicable to their operations. In this article, we survey the key requirements under the FSMA regulations, provide updates on the FDA's implementation and inspection activities, and conclude with recommendations for actions to take to ensure you are in compliance.

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