The first two rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act have been formally published, setting into motion the implementation of new advances in food safety that have been pending since the FSMA was signed into law four and a half years ago.

On August 31, the FDA submitted finalized versions of the FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food rules to the Federal Register. These two components address the compliance regulations that will be enacted to ensure safety within facilities that process, manufacture, package, and store food for both humans and animals. After more than a week of review, both rules were formally published on September 10.

While many companies have been implementing best practices in food safety in anticipation of these rules and should have no problem achieving the necessary level of compliance, the publication of these rules puts an official deadline on this process. Depending on a company’s size, full compliance must be achieved between one and three years from the publication date.

The implementation of additional rules is not far behind; the deadline for the finalization of the next three rules is October 31.

To read the final versions of these rules, please click on the following: