As the world becomes increasingly concerned with food safety, large food distribution corporations find themselves grappling with a novel challenge: the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Mandated by the FDA, the FSMA aims to prevent foodborne illnesses through stringent regulations, thus compelling food corporations to adapt or face penalties. This writing will delve deeper into how the FSMA will reshape the food distribution landscape by influencing operational strategies, implementing accountability measures, and fostering an environment ripe for innovation.
The plant-based food market has been exploding in recent years, with the plant-based meat market expected to reach a value of $7.4 billion by the end of 2022 and the alternative dairy market reaching a value of $23.2 billion in 2021.
The meat and dairy alternative markets require regulation, but despite their widespread and growing popularity, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been slow to issue regulations that encompass these markets. In January 2022, the FDA released a list of draft and final guidance topics that it intends to complete before the end of 2022. These topics include draft guidance for plant-based dairy alternatives, plant-based meat alternatives, and for cultured meat. The FDA is soliciting public comments on the proposed guidance, although as of now none of the draft guidance topics have been released to the public