According to the FDA, one in six Americans will get sick this year from food-borne diseases. The aim of FSMA is to incur a dramatic drop in food-borne illness. “The goal of the legislation is to combat contamination of foods and products made for consumption before they ever reach the public,” emphasized Hope Hanley, vice president of quality and regulatory affairs, Deerland Enzymes & Probiotics. “The scope of the new regulations includes supplement manufacturers which must be FSMA compliant by the end of 2017 or 2018, depending on size.”
The FDA finalized seven key rules for FSMA implementation with the recognition that ensuring ultimate food (and supplement) safety is a collaborative responsibility of numerous entities in the global supply chain to prevent contamination at any point of the process.
Ms. Hanley added, “The increased innovation in healthy foods and supplements is inspiring, as demonstrated by the swell of new brands with novel products entering the marketplace. FSMA will increase consumer confidence in enjoying the full benefits of the products they purchase to maintain their health and wellness without worrying if those products will make them sick.”