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IFDA Applauds FDA Decision Regarding Enforcement of FSMA Written Assurance Requirements

01/12/2018

Statement from Jonathan Eisen, Senior Vice President, Government Relations of the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)

IFDA is pleased that the FDA has chosen not to enforce certain provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), specifically the written assurance requirements of the hazard analysis/preventive controls regulation. This decision demonstrates FDA’s commitment to public health by allowing both the agency and the food industry to focus on the critical issues of food safety without imposing an overly burdensome regulatory regime.  IFDA appreciates FDA’s recognition that the written assurance provision created an unnecessary requirement that had little impact on food safety and the agency’s willingness to work together with industry to strengthen consumer protection standards through regulations that are practical and science-based.