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California Proposition 65

Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The proposition protects the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals.

The key criteria for warnings are that they are given 1- In advance of exposure, and 2- Clear and Reasonable

Proposition 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

FSMA is a set of new FDA regulations that affect FDA regulated food products. These regulations work in concert with existing food product regulations. FSV is one of the FSMA regulations. Learn More…

Foreign Supplier Verification (FSV)

The FSVP final rule makes importers accountable for verifying that foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner that meets U.S. safety standards. The rule requires that importers of food to the U.S. are using the most appropriate verification activities to significantly minimize or prevent risks and prevent adulterated foods from reaching America’s dinner tables, as well as foods that are misbranded with respect to allergen labeling. Importers are also required to verify that their suppliers are producing food in a manner that provides the same level of public health protection as required under the other new FSMA regulations on preventive controls and produce safety. The verification activities could include annual onsite audits of a supplier’s facility, sampling and testing of food, or a review of the supplier’s relevant food safety records.

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA Food Code addresses Food Safety requirements for the Food Service industry.

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Global Standards One (GS1)

The USDA also has regulations in place for food products for which they are responsible.

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Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

GFSI is a Global Food Safety Standard on which Audit Schemes are based upon. GFSI is not a regulation. Read More…

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