Friday Round-up (7/17/20): FDA Resumes Food Safety Initiatives and Inspection Plans
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This was a big week for FDA, which made a series of announcements indicating a forward push on core food safety initiatives. After many weeks of laser focus on the COVID-19 crisis—and the myriad of challenges surrounding public health and food supply system stability—the regulatory body appears to be resuming oversight and guidance activities that have been delayed, postponed or impossible to conduct since the beginning of the pandemic.
On Monday, July 13th, the FDA released the New Era of Smart or Smarter Food Safety Blueprint. The newly published document covers an exciting view into the future of the food industry, from traceability, new business models and supply chain digitization to goals around advanced forms of risk mitigation and intelligent recall preparedness. Learn about their vision for the future of the food supply chain in FoodLogiQ’s recent recap of the strategic document.
On July 15th, the agency also shared plans to begin inspections of small businesses in March of 2021. These inspections, which correspond to the Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), are to ensure small businesses are compliant following a July 27, 2020 deadline. Intentional Adulteration rule inspections were initially set to begin in March of 2020 for large businesses. However, the agency said that most of these inspections have also been postponed, as “travel restrictions, social distancing and other public health measures have made them temporarily impractical to conduct.”
While regulatory behaviors may look different while the pandemic continues, protecting consumers effectively and intelligently is more pressing than ever. With rule-making deadlines for FSMA rule 204 fast approaching, we expect the focus on modernizing food safety throughout the industry to continue gaining momentum in the months ahead.
View FoodLogiQ's COVID-19 Food Industry Resource Center for industry-specific updates, resources and information on the coronavirus crisis. For supply chain traceability and risk mitigation guidance, see our general Resource Center.
Read more of the latest:
- The New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint | FoodLogiQ
- Consumer demand: The big supply chain question mark | Supply Chain Dive
- FSMA inspections of small businesses to begin March 2021 | IFT
- You Could Be Saying Goodbye to Some of Your Favorite Taco Bell Items | Alternative Press
- Flour and Toilet Paper Are Back at N.Y. Supermarkets, but There’s a Catch | New York Times
- Heinz unifies core products with 1st master brand refresh | Marketing Dive
- Are You Prepared for Bad Press About One of Your Suppliers? | Harvard Business Review
- FDA To Restart On-Site Inspections Paused For Virus | Law 360
- Another Cyclospora Outbreak from Fresh Express’s Illinois Processing Facility | FSN
- Product Availability Tops Shoppers' Worries as They Look Ahead, Research Shows | Grocery Dive
- The Newest COVID-19 Restaurant Dilemma: How Long To Hang On | Forbes
- USDA Proposes Strengthened Organic Enforcement Rule | Feed Stuffs
- U.S. Quick Service Restaurant Chains Fuel Improvement | Feed Stuffs
- Survey Finds Food Safety Primary Concern for Consumers | FSN
- Large Restaurant Chains Have Mostly Recovered from the Effects of COVID-19, While the Rest of the Industry Still Struggles, Bank of America Study Says | Restaurant Hospitality
- Coca-Cola, Mondelez trim SKUs as CPGs tackle pandemic stresses | Supply Chain Dive
- Unilever CSCO: Agility beats forecasting when the supply chain is stressed | Supply Chain Dive
- Yum Brands names former Disney executive Cameron Davies to new data chief role | NRN
- Chipotle Mexican Grill testing Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice in Denver and Wisconsin | NRN
- Tech Tracker: Wendy’s and Five Guys first to adopt Coca-Cola Freestyle contactless pouring | NRN
- Brave Robot ice cream launches as the first brand from the Perfect Day-backed Urgent Company | TechCrunch