• FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Imposes New Requirements on Imported Food
  • February 2, 2011 | Authors: Frederick H. Degnan; Jeffrey M. Telep
  • Law Firm: King & Spalding LLP - Washington Office
  • On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) (FSMA), which amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FDC Act). The FSMA shifts the focus of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from reacting to outbreaks to preventing them by (1) augmenting FDA’s ability to require food manufacturers to employ protective food safety systems and enhancing FDA’s ability to police those systems; (2) improving FDA’s ability to detect and respond to food safety “problems;” and (3) helping to better assure the safety of imported food.