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REGULATORY

Q &A

Rebeca López-García
Undeniably, recent highly publicized outbreaks in several countries cast an all-too-bright spotlight onto food safety regulations. Authorities around the world realize that many challenges still must be overcome to ensure a safer food supply for everyone, and the US is no exception. Last year’s events changed the US

regulatory landscape for good, and food processors will have to work diligently with authorities to comply and eventually lead the food production system to a better, safer place. As an international food safety consultant, Rebeca López-García, PhD, has been bombarded with questions about the upcoming challenges in the regulatory environment. Principal of Logre International Food Science Consulting, Mexico City, Mexico, and a frequent contributor to Baking & Snack, Dr. López-García offered advice for dealing with some of those issues.

Better Safe than Sorry
Regulations shift focus from reactive to preventive programs to ensure a safer global food supply.
Lucy Sutton: How has the regulatory landscape changed for the baking and snack industries?
Rebeca López-García: This past year, the regulatory landscape has changed dramatically in many areas. Of course, the most relevant change in the US is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In reality, the core of the new law does not change basic good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and general preventive measures. The real change lies in the new enforcement and inspection authority conferred to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods, Michael R. Taylor, “The new authorities give the food companies strong additional incentives for keeping their products safe, and that helps [FDA] achieve the new law’s goal, which is to protect consumers from unsafe food.” FSMA aims to bring food safety regulation in the US into the 21st century with a risk-prevention approach rather than a reactive model. changed the environment for the whole industry not only within the US but also at the international level. According to a statement by FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, the law directs the agency to oversee food safety in a way that applies “the best available science and good common sense to prevent the problems that can make people sick.” This does not sound new because the world should have been addressing food safety with science and common sense from the beginning. The real importance is that it provides FDA with new enforcement and inspection authorities. This is really quite crucial because in many countries, the regulatory framework is in place but it is the lack of enforcement capability that hampers success in protecting consumers. The best way to avoid such fees is to comply with the requirements upon initial inspections and implement an adequate risk-based food safety control system that will enable your company to avoid a reinspection and, most importantly, a recall. Fees will also be collected for administrative costs of the voluntary qualified importer program, for costs associated with issuing food export certifications and for costs of establishing and administering the third-party accreditation program. With the exception of food export certificates, the law requires FDA to publish a notice of any new fees in the Federal Register no later than 60 days before the start of each fiscal year. On Aug. 1, FDA announced the fiscal year (FY) 2012 fee schedule for certain domestic and foreign facility reinspections, failure to comply with recall orders and certain importer reinspections. The fees apply only to those parties in the food and feed industry whose noncompliance results in FDA-conducted facility reinspections, recalls or follow-up inspections of a food offered for import after inspection found a problem materially related to food safety requirements. Reinspection must be conducted specifically to determine that compliance has been achieved. February 2012 / Baking & Snack / 83

What user fees might be imposed on domestic and/or international bakers and snack manufacturers, and how can they best avoid them?
FSMA does not require a registration fee. Also, there is no fee for an initial FDA inspection. There will, however, be a fee to cover reinspection-related costs when an initial inspection has identified certain food safety problems. Also, there will be fees associated with recalls.

How has enactment of FSMA affected regulatory issues in North America so far?
It is unbelievable that a year has almost gone by since President Obama signed FSMA. This historic signature has www.bakingandsnack.com


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Table of Contents
Editorial - Fresh start to 2012
Newsfront - Canada Bread sets ambitious goals in 2012
Newsfront - Hostess Brands files for bankruptcy again
In Brief
News - ASB selects four to 2012 Hall of Fame
News - Kraft to reduce workforce as part of realignment
News - GMA director to lead new food safety alliance
In Brief
News - Whole Grains Summit aims at whole world
News - FTRAC convenes with ARS in Boston
In Brief
Correction and Clarification
People
In Memoriam
Right on Track
Back on Track
Industry Insight - Managing Valued Assets
Going Lean, Cutting Waste
Breakfast Trends - Keeping Breakfast in Balance
Botanicals - Extracts with Benefits
Probiotics - Working with Probiotics
Ingredient App - Vanilla Upgraded
Regulatory Q&A - Better Safe than Sorry
Oven Technology - Ability with Agility
Pan Management - Automating Pan Handling
In Recovery Mode
From Pan to Hearth
Food Safety Q&A
ABA FTRAC Q&A
Course Preview - Getting Ahead of the Learning Curve
Events
Innovations
Ingredient News
Products & Packaging
Patents
New on the Shelf
Marketplace
Ad Index
New Product Spotlight - Superfruits to the Rescue
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Editorial - Fresh start to 2012
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Newsfront - Canada Bread sets ambitious goals in 2012
Baking&Snack - February 2012 - In Brief
Baking&Snack - February 2012 - News - ASB selects four to 2012 Hall of Fame
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - In Brief
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Correction and Clarification
Baking&Snack - February 2012 - In Memoriam
Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Right on Track
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Back on Track
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Industry Insight - Managing Valued Assets
Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Going Lean, Cutting Waste
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Breakfast Trends - Keeping Breakfast in Balance
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Botanicals - Extracts with Benefits
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Probiotics - Working with Probiotics
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Ingredient App - Vanilla Upgraded
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Regulatory Q&A - Better Safe than Sorry
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Oven Technology - Ability with Agility
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Food Safety Q&A
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - ABA FTRAC Q&A
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Course Preview - Getting Ahead of the Learning Curve
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Events
Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Innovations
Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Ingredient News
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Marketplace
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Baking&Snack - February 2012 - Ad Index
Baking&Snack - February 2012 - New Product Spotlight - Superfruits to the Rescue
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