Food Safety Modernization Act

Achyut Adhikari  |  7/15/2015 2:11:25 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years and was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA will have a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, science-based preventive controls across the food supply. Current on-farm food safety recommendations vary, and producers struggle to discern which are appropriate for their operation, leaving them overwhelmed when initiating food safety programs. These factors emphasize the need for growers to understand the FSMA proposed produce safety rules to develop risk based on-farm preventive control programs and practices that will help to protect their legal liability, maintain markets and expand to new markets.

Please follow the links below to access the proposed rules and fact sheets related to the proposed rules

FSMA Proposed Rule for Produce Safety, click here (hyperlink here with http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm )

Original Proposed Rule for Produce Safety, click here (hyper link here with http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/UCM360734.pdf )

Redline Comparison of the Original Proposed Rule and the Supplemental Proposed Rule for Produce Safety, click here (hyperlink here with http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/UCM417136.pdf )

FSMA Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, click here (hyperlink here with http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334115.htm )

Original Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, click here (hyperlink here with http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2011-N-0920-0001 )

Redline Comparison of the Original Proposed Rule and the Supplemental Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, click here (hyperlink here with http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/UCM417130.pdf )

For Fact Sheets and Presentations on FSMA, click here (hyper link here with http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/UCM417130.pdf )

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