General overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Charlie Plain | June 11, 2014

High profile, large and sometimes deadly foodborne illnesses in the United States and abroad have fueled the need for effective legislation that will improve food safety. In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. FSMA is intended to shift FDA’s focus to better protect public health by preventing food safety issues rather than reacting to outbreaks. Now the FDA is turning the bill into actual rules and regulations and related guidance documents.

The Food Policy Research Center (FPRC), of which the School of Public Health is a partner, has produced an issue brief explaining why FSMA was created and what FSMA intends to change in the current system.

Read the full issue brief online from the Food Policy Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

FPRC is one of five centers nationwide contributing novel perspectives on the policies that shape the food supply. FPRC encompasses six primary partnering units, including the School of Public Health. Learn more about FPRC.

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