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Guidance for Industry: Seafood HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

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How to Comment

Submit electronic comments on http://www.regulations.gov to docket number FDA-2017-D-3176.

Submit written comments to:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
All comments should be identified with the docket number FDA-2017-D-3176.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (Pub. L. 111-353) enables the FDA to better protect public health by helping to ensure the safety and security of the food supply.  It requires FDA to promulgate food safety rules that focus on preventing food safety issues rather than relying on detecting issues and reacting to them after they occur.  FSMA recognizes that FDA has previously established a preventive control type regulation for fish and fishery products (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) part 123, the seafood HACCP regulation) based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) concept.  See FSMA §§ 103(a), 103(f), 105(d), and 301 (§§ 418(j) and 805(e) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. §§ 350g(j), 350g note, 350h note, and 384a(e))).  The seafood HACCP regulation requires seafood processors to identify food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur and to develop plans for the control of those hazards.

In addition, the seafood HACCP regulation requires importers of certain seafood products to comply with requirements designed to help ensure that these imported products are processed in accordance with the seafood HACCP regulation.  

Importantly, several of the regulations that FDA has issued under FSMA provide exemptions related to the seafood HACCP regulation.  This guidance addresses those exemptions, and also provides information about the seafood HACCP regulation in connection with the FSMA regulations. 

Though not the subject of this guidance, we also note that some seafood products are also subject to 21 CFR part 113 (Thermally Processed Low-Acid Foods Packaged in Hermetically Sealed Containers).  Certain FSMA regulations provide additional exemptions related to part 113.  
 
This guidance summarizes how the following FSMA regulations affect processors and importers subject to the seafood HACCP regulation: 

  • 21 CFR part 117, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (the CGMP & PC Regulation)
  • 21 CFR 1, subpart  L, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (the FSVP Regulation)
  • 21 CFR 112 ,Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (the PS Regulation)
  • 21 CFR part 121, Mitigation Strategies To Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (the IA Regulation)
  • 21 CFR 1, subpart O, Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (the ST Regulation)

 

This guidance represents the current thinking of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) on this topic. It does not establish any rights for any person and is not binding on FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations. To discuss an alternative approach, contact FDA’s Technical Assistance Network by submitting the form available at http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm459719.htm.

 

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