Food Safety
Food Safety

NGA Submits Public Comments on the Reportable Food Registry

NGA submitted public comments on August 18, 2014 to the FDA on the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act amendments to the Reportable Food Registry provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. NGAs comments can be viewed here.

NGA Submits Public Comments on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food in FSMA

On July 30, 2014, NGA submitted public comments to the FDA regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as it relates to the sanitary transportation of food. 

Tenderized Beef

Media reports have highlighted the process of tenderized beef, a process that breaks muscle fibers to make certain cuts of beef more tender. A number of consumer resources are available below:

Meat Myth Crushers 

Facts Sheet About Tenderized Meats

American Meat Institute's Blog

Facts About Beef

FDA Facility Registration Now Being Accepted for Wholesalers, Self-Distributing Retailers, and Manufacturing Facilities

On October 22, 2012 the FDA began accepting food facility registration renewals, which had previously been delayed by the Agency.  At this time, the same types of food facilities that were required to register with FDA before FSMA are required to register with FDA and renew such registrations. Those facilities include facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S.

For more information, check out this NGA Industry Information on FSMA FDA Registration

Finely Textured Beef

The following information has been provided to help grocers understand the process and answer consumers questions about finely textured beef, also known as "pink slime" in the media.   

AMI Video -- The Facts About Lean Finely Textured Beef

Questions and Answers About Lean Finely Textured Beef

AMI Media Statement

NGA Serving on IFT Processed Food Tracing Pilot 

NGA continues to serve on the processed food panel for the Institute of Food Technologists-led product tracing pilots related to the Food Safety Modernization Act. The panel serves three main functions: Assist in fine-tuning the approach for the pilot studies; participate in the execution of the pilot and evaluate the results and help develop draft portions of the report to FDA.

NGA Participating In the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI)

Since 2007, NGA has been participating in PTI as part of a food industry self-regulatory effort.  Please click here to learn more about PTI. In the past, NGA has also provided comments to the FDA and the Institute of Food Technologists panel tasked with developing two product tracing pilot programs.  Please click here to read NGA’s comments regarding the Traceability Pilot Programs.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

On January 5, 2010, President Obama signed  the Food Safety Modernization Act, into law ushering the most significant overhaul of U.S. Food Safety laws in decades. The bill gives the FDA mandatory food recall authority, directs the FDA to establish science based standards for safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables, increases inspections at high risk facilities, and requires food facilities to have written food safety plans, which impacts wholesalers. 

FDA Food Safety Legislation Site

FDA Foods Site

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Contact Information

Greg Ferrara
Vice President, Public Affairs

Maggie Lyons
Director, Government Relations

Matt Foley
Senior Manager, Government Relations

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