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FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Definition - What does FDA Food Safety Modernization Act mean?

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was created to promote initiatives to prevent food safety problems rather than trying to fix such issues retrospectively. It was signed into law by President Barack Obama in January, 2011, and gave the FDA greater authority to enforce food safety laws and demand that all international food imports be tested under the same stringent light as their US counterparts.

Safeopedia explains FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

An essential key to making this piece of legislation a success is the FDA’s ability to use preventive measures to ensure food safety. It requires the FDA to establish processes in which vegetation can be scientifically inspected for any diseases, and education of these workforces of how to safely harvest such goods. It further highlights the importance that all agencies, from local to federal to international food agencies work together to ensure that the food that is being sold in the US is of a safe quality.

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