overly prescriptive—so [industry] will need . . . guidance
documents and other materials so that agency expectations
are clear. The day-to-day relationship between FDA and state
field investigators and inspectors and Center subject matter
experts will be critical in meeting our food safety goals while
we are developing the aforementioned guidance [documents]
and other tools.
Givens: We are also going to train the regulators differently.
Training on the new standards and how to inspect the industry
to determine compliance with these standards will no longer
include just one classroom training opportunity. There will be
[continual] training for federal and state regulatory personnel,
including periodic technical updates regarding industry best
Q: Once the rules are final, will there still
be opportunities for stakeholders to have a
voice in how they are implemented?
Wagner: We are going to monitor and evaluate our oversight
strategies to determine if we are achieving desired results—for
example, widespread industry compliance with the FSMA rules.
If we are not achieving the desired results, we will tweak our
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oversight strategies, perhaps pilot different approaches. I can
say we rarely invest resources in assessing whether our imple-
mentation strategies are working. For FDA, this is a very new
way of doing business.
Croklaan and shea butter
The Hershey Co. (Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA) will work with
Malaysia’s IOI Loders Croklaan, a global shea butter supplier, to
fund the construction of three warehouses in Northern Ghana
that will improve incomes for women shea farmers and, pre-sumably, positively affect their livelihoods.
Hershey and IOI Loders Croklaan will provide funding
to StarShea, which commercializes shea butter supplied by its
network of rural Ghanaian women, to construct three ware-houses, thus allowing the women’s cooperative to store shea
nuts throughout the season, which will help increase the
women’s profit for their shea crop.
StarShea will now be able to give women access to much-needed cash earlier in the shea season by buying their shea nuts
at a premium at the beginning of the season and storing them
in warehouses until they are sold to IOI Loders Croklaan and,
ultimately, Hershey. n
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