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AFFI and others urge FDA revision of current good manufacturing practices.

On April 17, AFFI joined 26 other food industry groups in issuing letters strongly recommending that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) make revision of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) a top priority. The letters were sent to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services-Designate and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture.

CGMP's have formed the basis for food safety assurance programs in food manufacturing facilities for more than 25 years, but they were last revised in 1986. A working group was formed in 2002 by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) to review whether the regulations needed modernization. Subsequent to that effort, more than 60 food industry trade associations and food companies constituted the CGMP Coalition to respond to and work with FDA throughout the CGMP updating process. The 2005 report of the CFSAN working group concluded that, "there have been changes in both the food industry and in the science of food safety that indicate the need for modernization." Since the release of that report, there has been little visible progress made in the process of making the CGMPs current.

The CGMP Coalition's letters to Sebelius and Vilsack recommend that the President's Working Group on Food Safety designate revision of the CGMPs as a top priority for the FDA.

The Coalition's letter is available at: Vilsack%20Letter%20to%20Presidents%20WG%20on%20Food%20Sa fety.pdf
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Title Annotation:AFFI's Washington Watch
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Date:Jul 1, 2009
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