Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reached a settlement with the Center for Food and Safety (CFS), on deadlines for publication of its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. The agreement brings months of litigation between the two parties to a close by creating an FSMA implementation schedule both parties were able to support. The new schedule, which extended deadlines established last year by the U.S. District Court of Northern California, can be found here. The CFS filed the lawsuit against the FDA in 2012, after the FDA failed to meet several regulatory deadlines for publishing the FSMA rules.
CFS senior attorney, George Kimbrell commented, “This is a major victory for the health and safety of the American people. The first major update to our food safety laws since 1938 must now be implemented in a close-ended, timely fashion. That means safer food for American families.”