Most dairy industry meetings over the past year have devoted at least one session or agenda item to safety. DMI’s Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy established a Food Safety Committee almost two years ago to evaluate existing food safety tools and develop new ones. One of the main reasons for this focus was the passage in 2010 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
The Act was the result of consumers and Congress having reached a tipping point of distrust with the entire U.S. food industry’s ability to deliver safe food products. Even though the U.S. dairy industry contributed very little to this tipping point, it was included in the Act because dairy processors deliver key food products to U.S. consumers.