Since the food GMPs were last revised in 1986, there have been significant changes in food production technology. There is also a better understanding of foodborne illnesses.
"Since food GMPs are an integral part of the nation's control over food safety problems it is essential that they adequately address the needs of today's food processes and foodborne hazards," said Dr Lester Crawford.
|The FDA will publish a white paper of its findings in September.|
"We believe this effort…will improve the safety of these products and create new opportunities for introducing better manufacturing techniques."
In order to evaluate its current food GMPs, the FDA established an internal Food GMP Modernization Working Group in July 2002. The Working Group initiated further research in 2 areas:
- The impact of the food GMPs on food safety.
- The impact of revised regulations on food safety and the likely economic consequences of such revisions.
The research effort includes several components, including, among other things, a literature review, and soliciting of expert opinions.
The agency plans to hold public meetings this summer to receive input on food GMP modernization from stakeholders.
The FDA will evaluate the data received to determine how to revise the food GMP regulations. It plans to publish a white paper with a summary of its findings in September.