By Debby Winters
If you recall from my January 10, 2012 post, I reported that on January 4, 2011 President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.” I gave you the update in my November 18, 2013 post. There is now a new more comprehensive update called “The Future is Now for the Food Safety Modernization Act.” This report tells us that we need more money and more inspection of the system to insure the safety of our food. “The bottom line is that with program efficiencies we can gain, plus the FSMA funding increases FDA has received to date, enactment of the President’s request for a budget authority increase of $109.5 million for FY 2016 would make it possible for FDA to move forward in 2016 toward successful implementation of FSMA. The report claims that “if we invest properly in 2016 to prepare FDA and the industry for success, we will have success, in the form of better food safety, stronger public confidence, and a level playing field for U.S. farmers and food companies. If we don’t invest properly in 2016, food safety will suffer — people will get sick who wouldn’t otherwise — and the food industry will be disrupted — large and small operators alike — for lack of guidance and technical assistance for industry and lack of consistent, technically well-supported inspection by FDA and the states.” For a complete review of where we are read the report for yourself.