Companies Exporting to the U.S. Need to be Ready for This

New rules for the groundbreaking 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been published by the U.S. FDA, providing much sought after answers for the global food industry that watches the massive and influential American market closely. While there are some rules that will be released next year, one in particular is of great relevance not only to American food companies and importers, but to all those exporting human and animal food to the United States.

The rationale for FSMA is that, according to the U.S. FDA, “About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases.” The toll in terms of lives lost, medical costs, and lost productivity have made this a priority for U.S. regulators, leading to significant changes in American food safety programs through FSMA.

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