martes, 22 de mayo de 2012

Full Text of the Law Relating to International Capacity Building, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Building Capacity of Foreign Governments with Respect to Food Safety
Section 305 of FSMA requires FDA to develop a comprehensive plan to expand technical, scientific and regulatory food safety capacity of foreign governments and their respective food industries in countries from which foods are exported to the United States. Further, FDA is required to develop the capacity-building plan in consultation with certain stakeholders, including representatives of the food industry, officials from other federal agencies, foreign government officials, non-governmental organizations that represent the interests of consumers, and other stakeholders. The capacity-building plan shall include, as appropriate:
Recommendations for bilateral and multilateral arrangements and agreements, including providing for responsibilities of exporting countries to ensure food safety;
1. Provisions for secure electronic data sharing;
2. Provisions for mutual recognition of inspection reports;
3. Training of foreign governments and food producers on U.S. requirements for safe food;
4. Recommendations on whether and how to harmonize requirements under the Codex Alimentarius; and
5. Provisions for multilateral acceptance of laboratory methods and testing and detection techniques. 
Public Meeting
FDA will be hosting a one-day public meeting entitled “International Capacity Building with Respect to Food Safety” on June 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. The purpose of this public meeting is to provide interested persons a forum to learn about FDA’s current thinking on the international capacity building plan and offer an opportunity for the public to provide comments.
Those who want to attend the International Capacity Building with Respect to Food Safety are encouraged to register on-line or contact: Courtney Treece, Planning Professionals, Ltd., 1210 W. McDermott, Suite 111, Allen, TX 75013, telephone: 704-258-4983, fax: 469-854-6992, e-mail:

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