US Food and Drug Administration has implemented new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which require more scrutiny from China to the United States. FDA veteran Benjamin England listed three major challenges facing Chinese food exporters ahead of the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo, which talks place in Qingdao, China, from 1 to 3 November.
England also said that one of the toughest parts about FDA compliance from a manufacturing standpoint is that there’s always a tension between speed and quality control. He added competition compel Chinese companies to produce seafood at faster rate which eventually diminished quality control because rules are getting more complicated and production outpaces your ability to stay on top of it.
England said that the third challenge is understanding the increased role of third-party programs. He added that U.S. Congress had to force FDA, in the FSMA, to work with its sister agencies just to get the governmental parties together to work on inspections of foreign seafood processors.