Bashura Joins FSM Board
Jason Bashura has joined the Food Safety Magazine Editorial Advisory
Board. Jason is a senior manager for global food defense with PepsiCo.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, he worked for more than 5 years with the Food
Defense Oversight Team at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
where he was responsible for developing several food defense tools and
resources, oversaw grant funding opportunities for state, local, tribal,
and territorial organizations, and managed multiple task orders related
to food protection-based scientific research in support of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Bashura previously worked as a food biosecurity
sanitarian for the Connecticut Food Protection Program.
He serves on the advisory board for the Institute of Food Technologists’ Global Food Traceability Center and is a guest instructor at Michigan State University.
Jason has an M.Sc. in public health from the University of Connecticut.
FSIS Issues Meat Industry Best Practices for Responding to
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has shared
a new industry resource: the FSIS Guideline for Industry Response to Customer Complaints
2019. These guidelines are designed to help meat and poultry establishments develop a written program to respond to customer complaints—particularly those caused by adulterated or
misbranded meat and poultry products. The document includes best practices for the meat
and poultry industry to follow in such instances. FSIS developed this document in response
to an increase in the number of recalls of meat and poultry products adulterated with foreign
materials. In many cases, the recalling establishments had received multiple customer complaints prior to these recalls. This document is not a regulation. Establishments may choose to
adopt different procedures from those outlined in this guideline.
As FSIS continues efforts to improve its industry policies and procedures, the agency is
accepting stakeholder comments that may help further advance the current best practices.
Comments can be submitted until May 15, 2019, at which time the document will be updated and republished. Refer to the guidelines for more information about how to submit feedback. The guidelines can be accessed at www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/8d0a0e73-
FDA Issues Final Guidance on Voluntary Food Recalls
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new plans, via the issuing
of final guidance, for how the agency will issue public warnings
about voluntary food recalls. This new step will help ensure
appropriate public warnings and notification of recalls
when FDA-regulated products are involved. The guid-
ance discusses how companies can determine whether
they should issue a public warning about a voluntary
recall. The guidance also describes the general time
frame for companies to issue such a warning, what
information should be included in a public warning,
and situations where FDA may take action to issue
its own public warning should a company’s warning
be deemed insufficient. Details about FDA’s policy for
moving forward by the posting of recalls to the agency’s
Enforcement Report are also discussed.
Strategy for the
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) released a new outline of the
approach to helping ensure
the safety of food imported
into the U.S. The document
is FDA Strategy for the Safety
of Imported Food.
For imported food, the
volume and variety of imports and the complexity of
global supply chains make
food safety a challenge to
address. Further complicating the issue, some exporting countries may have food
safety systems that differ
from those in the U.S. and
differing levels of regulatory
capacity. FDA has been provided with a range of tools
and authority to address the
situation both domestically
and in the foreign arena. The
strategy document describes
how FDA is integrating new
import oversight tools with
existing tools to help ensure
that imported food is safe
for consumers in the United
The strategy is guided by
four goals: that food offered
for import meet U.S. food
safety requirements; that
FDA border surveillance prevent entry of unsafe foods; a
rapid and effective response
to unsafe imported food;
and an effective and efficient
food import program.
This strategy document
outlines several methods the
agency is using to accomplish these goals, including
strategies for objectives.