ASTA/FEMA Webinar Series on FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

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Following are Webinars on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation and final rules for compliance under FDA. This series was co-hosted with the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA).

 

ASTA/FEMA FSMA Webinar on Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration Final Rules presented on Wednesday, August 17 at 12:00pm (ET)

This installment of the webinar series focus on sanitary transportation for human and animal food and mitigation strategies to protect against intentional adulteration (food defense). This session offers a critical resource as you prepare for FSMA compliance.

Elizabeth Fawell and Martin Hahn from Hogan Lovells focus on  understanding of which products are covered by the sanitary food transportation rule and which activities may trigger obligations as a shipper, loader, carrier, or receiver; and how your food defense plan needs to change to incorporate the rule’s HACCP-type of approach to food defense that all companies will be required to implement.

All spice and flavor industry businesses that import food into or do business in the United States should attend this important installment in the FSMA Web series.

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ASTA/FEMA FSMA Webinar on Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Final Rule presented on Thursday, December 3, 2015

The steps required and documentation necessary to verify that your foreign supply chain is safe are changing soon and it will require a new way of doing business.  All spice industry businesses that import food into or do business in the United States should be acquainted with these requirements.

Food safety experts Elizabeth Fawell and Maile Gradison Hermida of Hogan Lovells will take you on a deep dive through the final rule and then field questions from the participants.  FSVP will hold importers accountable for verifying that their foreign suppliers are implementing modern, prevention-oriented food safety practices that achieve the same level of food safety required of domestic producers, growers and suppliers.  These are new requirements to the food industry. Any companies that rely on overseas suppliers as part of their supply chain won’t want to miss this event.

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ASTA/FEMA FSMA Webinar on the Preventive Controls for Human Food Final Rule presented on Friday, October 9, 2015

Food safety experts Maile Hermida and Elizabeth Fawell of Hogan Lovells go over the publication of the final FSMA rules.  Since FSMA was signed into law in January 2011, the food industry has been waiting for clarity on what the final rules will require of them. This two-hour webinar will go in depth on the FDA’s final rule on preventive controls for human food. The presentation will explain the final rule and highlight the changes from the proposed rule. The webinar also will provide recommendations for steps and actions you should be taking now to make sure that each of your food facilities is in compliance when the rules go into effect. FSMA goes beyond current food safety practices – and there are many changes that will be necessary.

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ASTA/FEMA FSMA Webinar Complying with FDA’s FSMA Inspections under the New Food Safety Paradigm presented on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Food safety experts Elizabeth Fawell and Maile Hermida of Hogan Lovells go over coming changes for FDA inspections to assist in preparation for the new generation of FDA inspections that will be conducted as the agency works to implement FSMA.

FSMA implementation is coming. FDA will be issuing final regulations to implement the major provisions of FSMA starting this fall, with compliance expected by fall 2016. As a result, facility inspections are going to be dramatically different. We want to help ASTA and FEMA members prepare for this new inspection paradigm by conducting a webinar that explains how inspections will change, the consequences of non-compliance, other information regarding FDA’s FSMA implementation plans, and where companies should direct their FSMA preparation efforts.

All spice and flavor industry businesses that import food into or do business in the United States should purchase this important installment in the FSMA Web series.

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ASTA/FEMA FSMA Webinar on Supplemental Proposals Recorded presented on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Food safety experts Elizabeth Fawell and Joe Levitt of Hogan Lovells walk you through FDA’s recently published Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) supplemental proposals, provided valuable information on what will affect all food facilities registered with FDA.

This 90 minute webinar session provides a better understanding of how these newly proposed rules will affect your business operations, focusing on FSMA’s supplemental proposals relating to preventive controls for human food and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program.

All spice and flavor industry businesses that import food into or do business in the United States should be acquainted with these proposed requirements. 

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ASTA/FEMA FSMA Webinar on Sanitary Transport of Food Recorded presented on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The seventh and final major proposed rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was released.  The newly proposed regulations on sanitary transport of food will require shippers, receivers and carriers who transport food to take steps to prevent contamination. This rule will impact most, if not all, of the spice and flavor industry. It will apply to domestic transportation by trucks and rail and also will impact some members of the international community, including some international exporters shipping food to the United States. There are sure to be many questions on how this regulation will impact your company.

Join food safety experts Joe Levitt and Maile Gradison Hermida of Hogan Lovells for the latest FSMA Webinar as they break down the proposed rule and provide a better understanding of the proposed requirements and how they will affect your business. They’ll review what you need to know about the rules, who is and isn’t exempt, how they impact your company, and where to focus attention during the public comment period.

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ASTA/FEMA FSMA Webinar on Intentional Adulteration/Food Defense Recorded presented on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Did you know the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) calls for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to specifically address intentional adulteration and food defense in certain instances? And that you likely will be required to prepare an entirely separate plan to address intentional adulteration, must assess your facility’s food defense vulnerabilities, and also may need to implement food defense mitigation strategies? This is a new area of regulatory oversight for the FDA so there are many questions about how to develop these regulations. Join food safety experts Joe Levitt and Maile Gradison Hermida of Hogan Lovells for this FSMA Webinar as they break down the proposed rule and provide a better understanding of the proposed requirements and how they will affect your business. They’ll review what you need to know about the rules, who is and isn’t exempt, how they impact your company, and where to focus attention during the public comment period. It’s important that all ASTA and FEMA members start getting acquainted with these proposed requirements right away.

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FSMA Webinar on Foreign Supplier Verification and 3rd Party Audits Recorded Wednesday, presented on August 21, 2013

If you rely on overseas supplier you won’t want to miss this event. This Webinar will be an in depth look at the proposed rule that will hold importers accountable for verifying that their foreign suppliers are implementing modern, prevention-oriented food safety practices and achieving the same level of food safety as domestic growers and processors. We will also cover the proposed rule on foreign food safety audits. Food safety experts Joe Levitt and Maile Gradison Hermida of Hogan Lovells will break down the proposed rule and provide a better understanding of the proposed requirements and how they will affect your business. They’ll review what you need to know about the rules, who is and isn’t exempt, how they impact your company, and where to focus attention during the public comment period.  It’s important that all ASTA members and anyone working in the food industry start getting acquainted with these proposed requirements right away.

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FSMA Webinar on Recordkeeping presented on Thursday, May 30, 2013

This session is part of the joint ASTA FEMA Webinar series focused on FDA’s expectations for companies on recordkeeping under the Preventive Controls rules. Food safety experts Joe Levitt and Maile Gradison Hermida of Hogan Lovells discuss how to keep good records, an essential element of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA greatly increases FDA’s access to your records during inspections. These new obligations could have a significant impact on your day-to-day operations. What will you have to show FDA inspectors when they inspect your facility? Learn about the big changes in store. We will explain how to get your records ready for FSMA and tips for record creation.

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FSMA Webinar on Preventive Controls presented on Friday, February 1, 2013

This joint ASTA/FEMA Webinar on Friday, February 1, 2013 is an in depth look at the proposed rule covering Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls.  This proposal, which is a key component of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is the most significant food safety development in over 70 years.  All facilities registered with FDA will be required to implement these preventive controls.  That includes facilities located outside the U.S. Food safety experts Joe Levitt and Maile Gradison Hermida of Hogan Lovells break down the 680 pages of the proposed rule on topics such as:

  • Hazard analysis
  • Risk based preventive controls
  • Monitoring procedures
  • Corrective actions
  • Verification
  • Recordkeeping

They review what you need to know about what the rule says, how it impacts your company, and where to focus attention during the public comment period.  This proposal affects virtually all packaged foods regulated by FDA, so it’s important that all ASTA and FEMA members start getting acquainted with these proposed requirements right away.

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How to Prepare for an FDA Inspection Webinar Recorded presented on Thursday, April 12, 2012

If you haven’t had a recent FDA inspection you should expect to see FDA inspectors in the next couple of years.  ASTA and the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA) partnered to present a Web seminar focused on what you should expect when an FDA inspector shows up at your door.  Speakers covered U.S. facility and foreign facility inspections.

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Complying with the New Food Safety Law Recorded presented on Thursday, February 10, 2011

ASTA hosted a Web seminar on Complying with the New Food Safety Law. The new law contains many new requirements, learn about:
  1. Administrative Detention Authority – rules about the new standards
  2. Foreign Supplier Verification Program – what U.S. and overseas facilities need to do to comply
  3. Recordkeeping Rules – requirements for all domestic and overseas spice companies
  4. FDA Authority to Require Import Certificates – what will be required of importers and overseas facilities
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