Domestic Food and Import Safety
Food safety is the highest priority for frozen food producers. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) dedicates significant resources to address a wide range of critical food safety issues utilizing a variety of tools, ranging from cooperation and communication with federal law and policymakers to industry education sessions and partnerships.
A key part of AFFI’s current food safety focus is monitoring implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in January 2011. The FSMA represents the first major overhaul of the nation’s food safety system in over 50 years.
The FSMA authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase inspections of many domestic food facilities, enhance detection of food-borne illness outbreaks and order mandatory recalls of tainted food products. The law requires most food companies to write and implement new safety protocols to mitigate potential hazards. Imported food products, in particular face increased scrutiny under the law, including denial of entry into the United States under certain circumstances.