Building an ‘Integrated Food Safety System’ Will Take All of Us

May 29, 2015

Mike Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods, stated in his address before the 2015 Food Safety Summit that, “If we were starting from scratch, [America’s food safety system] would look different.”

Under Taylor’s leadership, FDA’s implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) envisions an “integrated food safety system” to achieve the ultimate goal of reducing the “risk of illness attributed to food from facilities subject to preventive controls rule under the act.” FSMA is intended to ensure that American consumers are safe by shifting FDA’s focus from responding to problems to preventing them.