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Since mid-March 2020, FDA operations and FDA oversight of the U.S. food supply have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agency's priorities during this time period have been the safety of our staff, safety of employees at regulated firms, conducting mission-critical activities, including inspections, responding to foodborne disease outbreaks, sampling and testing of imported food, and managing recalls. We have also worked to support continuity of the food supply chain, which includes keeping food and agricultural workers safe to allow continued production of food. Given these priorities, and state and local travel restrictions, FDA adjusted its approach to oversight activities.
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The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) is transforming the nation’s food safety system by shifting the focus from responding to foodborne illness to preventing it. Congress enacted FSMA in response to dramatic changes in the global food system and in our understanding of foodborne illness and its consequences, including the realization that foodborne illness is both a significant public health problem and a threat to the economic well-being of the food system.
FSMA requires special reports to Congress and studies on FDA's activities and impact of FSMA. This is a subset of measures from those reports and studies that includes the status of the FSMA domestic facility inventory, FSMA mandatory recall authority, and FSMA user fees collected.
The FDA has finalized seven major rules to implement FSMA, recognizing that ensuring the safety of both the human and animal food supply is a shared responsibility among many different parties at various points in the global supply chain. The FSMA rules outline specific actions the food industry must take at each of these points to prevent contamination.
For each rule, the FDA has identified measures that will help to evaluate how well the regulations are being implemented and where there could be room for improvement. Having this data will help the agency identify trends in food safety, implement a risk-informed planning and resource allocation framework, and modernize the agency’s food safety work in a way that will help achieve a new era of smarter food safety. Successful implementation of FSMA will support the FDA’s ultimate goal of reducing the incidence of illness and death attributable to preventable contamination of FDA-regulated human and animal food products.
Food Safety Modernization Act Rule Dashboards
This set of measures focuses on the FSMA Preventive Controls and Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations for human and animal foods.
This set of measures focuses on imported human food, imported animal food and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).
These FSMA Dashboards will monitor progress and performance towards achieving key outcomes over time. This is an evolutionary process. The compliance dates for the FSMA rules were staggered over time, largely based on business size, and some entities still have not reached certain compliance dates. Routine inspections for others may only just be starting. This means that the early data collected based on these performance measures will reflect the current status of implementation. Depending on the measure, it may take several years to establish baselines and identify meaningful trends in FSMA implementation.
The agency anticipates these performance measures will evolve and improve over time as the agency and its partners continue to implement FSMA and collect more and better-quality data. FDA will update the FSMA Dashboards on a quarterly basis.
To submit an inquiry regarding a measure, please complete a Food and Cosmetics Information Center (FCIC) Inquiry Form. Select Yes when asked if your inquiry is specific to FSMA and select Food Safety Dashboard Measure from the drop-down menu that appears.