April 24, 2015 – WASHINGTON DC – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Regulatory Counsel Stephanie Barnes participated today at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) public meeting on implementation strategies of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FSMA TestimonyServing on a panel made up of stakeholders representing the food supply chain, Barnes offered food retail perspective and focused on implementing upcoming FSMA final rules associated with preventive controls, imports, produce safety, and intentional adulteration. The public meeting and webcast brought together thousands of stakeholders to discuss the challenges and needs of the FDA and the industry to implement these new food safety regulations.

“We appreciate the opportunity to participate in today’s dialog on the Food Safety Modernization Act because the law fundamentally changes the way food is regulated in the U.S. and abroad and affects the entire supply chain from farm-to-fork, “ Barnes said regarding her panel participation. “The regulations aim to enhance the culture of food safety at food retail, while providing consumers with important safeguards to enhance confidence in our food system.”

For Media:

FDA Public Hearing Background information

Blog Series on FSMA Implementation by FMI’s Stephanie Barnes