WASHINGTON D.C. -- Two new sets of regulations have been added to the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). These include establishing science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms; and preventive controls for human food.
The goal of the FSMA is to apply more strict safety regulations on fruits and vegetables, as well as require prevention based regulations for processed foods to eliminate deaths and foodborne illness, while lowering health-care costs and being able to overpower the FDA.
Randy Napier of Medina has been a local advocate for higher food safety standards for the nation since his mother, Nellie, was sickened by Salmonella contaminated peanut butter four years ago.
Each year approximately 48 million Americans experience foodborne illness at a cost of $77 billion. There have been 15 reported multi-state outbreaks linked to FDA regulated products resulting in 37 deaths since the FSMA was signed in 2011, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.