In early May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its operational strategy for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As the FDA continues to refine its rulemaking and guidance documents, the operational strategy will provide the framework to fulfill the vision of FSMA by initiating new public health protection standards across the entire food safety program, including produce safety standards; food and feed preventive controls; and a new import system. This webinar will provide an opportunity to ask any questions related to the FDA's implementation plan for FSMA and more specifically to learn about FDA’s current thinking on the produce rule.
Don't miss this opportunity and join us to hear directly from the FDA!
Tuesday, July 29th
11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. PDT
Dr. Samir Assar serves as the Director of the Produce Safety Staff in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Since 2008, Dr. Assar, has managed the development of FDA’s policy, regulation, and guidance on produce safety, including those mandated by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. Dr. Assar is committed to enhancing partnerships with produce safety stakeholders and has collaboratively forged initiatives and agreements aimed at protecting public health. Dr. Assar received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Florida.
Kevin Gerrity is a National Food Expert for FDA’s Division of Domestic Field Investigations (DDFI) at the Los Angeles District/San Diego Resident Post. His FDA experience includes laboratory work as a chemist and sensory analyst, specializing in detecting natural toxins and fraud in seafood; field work as an investigator specializing in food safety including: seafood, low acid canned foods, acidified food, juice, ready-to-eat produce, general foods, and farm investigations. Gerrity’s farm investigation experience includes seafood, shell eggs, sprouts, and leafy greens. He holds a B.S degree in Chemistry from San Diego State University.
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