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FDA Regulations

Dr. Carmen Booker, of the FDA Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean gave a presentation on recent developments in relation to the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). She presented on: Foreign Supplier Verification Programmes for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies.

Dr. Susan Corning of the OIE, Dr. Luis Villamil of the Colombia National University and Ms Alejandra Diaz, IICA AHFS Specialist gave a presentation on the topic: 'One world, one Health'.

FDA OFFERS ONLINE FOOD SAFETY COURSES

The FDA has taken a hands-on approach to informing on and regulating food safety requirements. The authority has created a learning portal at http://www.learningservices.us/FDA/training to provide access to regulatory counterparts of online courses on key food safety issues. A selection of these modules has been translated to Spanish.

The available courses encompass a wide range of current issues:

  • Public Health Principles
  • Food Microbiological Control 1: Overview of Microbiology
  • Food Microbiological Control 2A: Gram-Negative Rods
  • Food Microbiological Control 2B: Gram-Positive Bacteria
  • Food Microbiological Control 3: Foodborne Viruses
  • Food Microbiological Control 4: Foodborne Parasites
  • Food Microbiological Control 5: Controlling Growth Factors
  • Food Microbiological Control 6: Control by Refrigeration and Freezing
  • Food Microbiological Control 7A: Thermal Processing
  • Food Microbiological Control 7B: Control by Pasteurization
  • Food Microbiological Control 7C: Retorting
  • Food Microbiological Control 8: Technology-based Food Processes
  • Food Microbiological Control 9: Natural Toxins
  • Food Microbiological Control 10: Aseptic Sampling
  • Food Microbiological Control 11: Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Food Microbiological Control 12: Cleaning and Sanitizing