Ensuring the quality and safety of our food products and the global supply chain in which we operate is one of the most important commitments we make to our consumers.
Although this is a global challenge, we will begin our focus on food safety in the United States. That’s why we have actively engaged on, and will continue to support, vigorous implementation of and funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the first sweeping reform of our nation’s food safety laws in more than 70 years. We strongly support granting FDA the resources and funding to carry out these changes.
FSMA places prevention at the cornerstone of our nation’s food safety strategy. It includes new requirements for manufacturers and provides the FDA with the authorities it needs to fulfill its food safety mission. This new focus on prevention and expanded authority as granted by Congress necessitates an update and expansion of FDA’s food safety tools, from regulations to infrastructure.
Because the modern food system is a complex network of farms, transportation infrastructure, and manufacturing and distribution facilities, achieving and maintaining food safety depends on a system-wide approach and a strong public-private partnership between FDA and the individual actors within the food supply chain.
As individual companies and as an Alliance, we believe we have an important role to play in this critical area to share food safety knowledge, work together to raise standards of food safety, and help ensure safer food for all. Our individual member companies have contributed to the training efforts on FSMA for both industry and regulatory authorities to ensure a smooth transition to the new rules. In addition, our individual member companies also invest heavily in safety and quality controls, regularly developing new technologies to ensure even better oversight of our unique supply chains and production practices.
Beyond the U.S., we will work together with international organizations, governments, industry, and other critical stakeholders to share knowledge and identify ways to educate, train, and resource robust food safety programs and systems to help raise standards of food safety in the developing and developed worlds. We are also strong supporters of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and advocate for its recognition by all stakeholders from consumer organizations, retailers, and government agencies.
Learn more about what each of our member companies is doing on food safety: