Draft Guidance for Industry: Describing a Hazard That Needs Control in Documents Accompanying the Food, as Required by Four Rules Implementing FSMA
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This guidance concerns four of the seven foundational rules that we have established in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) as part of our implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA; Pub. L. 111–353).
- Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food
- Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals
- Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
- Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
This guidance is intended for any entity that is subject to certain provisions (in part 117, part 507, the produce safety regulation, or the FSVP regulation) that require a disclosure statement, in documents accompanying food, that certain hazards have not been controlled by that entity. This guidance is not intended to address other requirements of part 117, part 507, the produce safety regulation, or the FSVP regulation.
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This draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the current thinking of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) on this topic.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 a form.
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All written comments should be identified with this document's docket number: FDA-2016-D-2841.