Recent Legal Developments with the Food Safety Modernization Act


In 2011, the United States Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  FSMA, which represents the first major overhaul of United States food safety law since the passage of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938, requires FDA to create final rules addressing various food safety topics including produce safety, hazard analysis, preventive controls, and sanitary transportation of food.  These final rules are designed to shift the focus of food safety regulations away from contamination response to contamination prevention.

This year, there have been a number of legal developments in relation to FSMA including the announcement of an enforcement discretion period, guidance documents for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, draft guidance for the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals rule, small entity compliance guide for food facilities, and expanded funding for the Produce Safety rule.

This webinar presentation will cover these developments, as well as other final industry guidance documents, draft guidance documents, funding announcements, and the overall implementation of the statute.  We will discuss who will be affected by these recent changes and what members of industry can expect going forward.


This webinar was recorded on October 17, 2018.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click here.


Jacqueline Schweichler

Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law

Jacqueline is an attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law in University Park, Pennsylvania. At the Center, Jacqueline is primarily responsible for researching shale and agricultural legal updates and publishes this information on the Penn State Shale Law Blog and Agricultural Law Blog, respectively.  Jacqueline regularly contributes to the Agricultural Law Brief, a publication distributed monthly to a wide variety of stakeholders. In addition, she has worked on publications relating to agritourism, seed laws, pipelines, ag-gag, FSMA, and more. Jacqueline obtained her bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University and her J.D. from Penn State Law.

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