Food Safety and Quality Control
Consumers demand safe food.
There has been a shift in food safety where there is now a focus on preventing food safety problems before they occur rather than reacting to the issue at hand after they occur. This proactive approach has provided the FDA with new enforcement authority designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards.
This new food safety system or the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires mandatory preventative controls for food facilities and new mandatory standards for safe harvesting and production of fruits and vegetables. These new standards require food testing by a laboratory to ensure safety of food products.