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US Food Safety Modernization Act: Overview and Impact for Importers and Exporters

Eurofins and Leavitt Partners


In the United States, lawmakers, regulators, consumers and the media are more focused on food safety than ever before. On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law, which represents the largest change of the food safety system since the passage for the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938. The new legislation will bring significant changes to an already shifting food safety landscape, especially in the area of imported foods and ingredients. This paper will outline (1) the current food safety landscape that has impact on the way in which food imports are perceived in the U.S., (2) an overview of the key provisions of the new legislation of importance to importers and exporters, (3) additional considerations, and opportunities.

(1) Food Safety Landscape

Changing consumption patterns, large outbreaks of foodborne illness, new food safety science, and identification of new risks all contribute to the shifting food safety system. Consumer demand for fresh food year-round requires global sourcing of fresh food and ingredients. Currently, imports acco ...


Environmental Monitoring Guide


What is the Goal?

Primary: to find pathogens in the environment before they contaminate product
Secondary: to find spoilage microorganisms in the environment before they affect product
Tertiary: to assess effectiveness of cleaning, sanitation, and employee hygiene practices

How do you Achieve Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes Control?

  • Thorough cleaning and sanitation
  • Traffic control - personnel and equipment
  • Separation of raw and pasteurized product
  • Air and dust control
  • Water control

Where to Test?

A well designed Environmental Monitoring Program will include samples from various areas throughout your production process. The simplest way to organize your sampling program is through the use of zones as outlined below. Multiple sampling sites from each zone should be determined before you begin taking samples based on your specific facility design and processes. If the final number of sampling sites in a zone exceeds the recommended amount of samples, you can rotate sites ...


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