Food Safety: In Progress

Food Safety48 million people are sickened each year by foodborne pathogens. 3,000 are killed each year according to the CDC. For the non-Mathletes, that’s 1-in-6. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2011 was supposed to change all that. With the FSMA, for the first time, the U.S. FDA is authorized to help prevent rather than simply respond to outbreaks of foodborne illness. But 4 years later, changes are still a work in progress.

CRomnibus Spending Plan p2

USDA, APHIS, budgetThe CRomnibus totals $1.1 trillion and establishes spending levels for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year for all federal government agencies except the Department of Homeland Security.


The total for the Department of Agriculture is $20.6 billion in discretionary funding through Sept. 30, 2015. This is $305 million below the previous fiscal year.  It provides…

FDA Revises Food Safety Rules

Food SafetyAfter farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business, The Food and Drug Administration revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year. Regulators say balancing the need for tighter food safety standards after major food-borne illness outbreaks in spinach, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe against the needs of farmers who are new to such regulations has been a challenge.…

FDA: Insufficient Funding For Implementing FSMA

At Cansler Consulting we are stay ahead of issues so that our clients can make informed and timely decisions.The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is shown in Silver Spring near Washington

FDA Cannot Implement FDSA

As foretold (Article #1, Article #2) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a report to Congress stating the agency cannot implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) without additional fundingFor FY 2011 & 2012 Congress provided FDA with an additional $100 million for implementation of the law that provides the most comprehensive reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years.  President Obama signed FSMA into law on January 4, 2011. The ideas behind FSMA are to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply by shifting focus from responding to food contamination to preventing it.…

Congress Agrees on User Fees & Targeted Inspections For FDA

With presidential politics in full swing it’s hard to find an issue in Washington where bipartisan support exists.  But in the past two weeks both legislative chambers have overwhelmingly supported user fees and targeted inspections for the federal agency responsible for the food Americans eat and the drugs we take every day. Overwhelming Last week…

FDA Faces Challenges with New Law

FDA faces challenges with new food safety lawsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will face significant challenges in coming years to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new law gives FDA additional authority to regulate food safety laws especially those impacting food product imports. One of the big challenges is how to pay for the stricter regulations?

Consider, about 65% of all FDA inspections of U.S. food manufacturing systems are conducted through cooperative efforts with state and local agencies. But state and local governments continue to operate under significant fiscal constraints.…

The Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization Act - Cansler Consulting, lobbyistsThe Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA – P.L. 111-353) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. The new law was created to address the estimated 48 million people who are sickened, 128,000 who are hospitalized and 3,000 who die each year as a result of food borne diseases according to the CDC. Leading officials indicate this public health issue is “largely preventable.”

Since the new law was enacted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been busy on several fronts to begin implementation of the new law. It is estimated that 50 new rules, numerous guidance dockets and reports will be required to implement the law over the course of three years.…