Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

FSMA Facts

The Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, is the first significant overhaul of food safety regulations since the 1930s and was designed to prevent food borne illness. FSMA will be implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and relevant state agencies.

In December 2014, FDA concluded the second of two comment periods on draft rules it has written to implement the law. There are seven FSMA rules covering everything from human food to pet food to imports to transportation.

Recent FSMA News

Produce Safety Rule Compliance Dates

Compliance dates for covered activities:

Produce Sales =
Produce Sales =
$250,001 - $500,000
Produce Sales = $500,001 and above
PRODUCE SAFETY RULE COMPLIANCE: January 27, 2020 January 28, 2019 January 26, 2018
COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS: Spring 2021 Spring 2020 Spring 2019
WATER REQUIREMENTS: January 26, 2024 January 26, 2023 January 26, 2022
FSMA Inflation Adjusted Cut Offs
Baseline Value for Cut-offs (2011) Value in 2015 Value in 2016 Value in 2017 Value in 2018 Average 3 Year Value for 2016 - 2018
Not Covered Farm: $25,000 $26,691 $26,984 $27,493 $28,106 $27,528
Qualified Exemption: $500,000 $533,822 $539,672 $549,863 $562,119 $550,551

For more information about exemptions and non-coverage visit FSMA Inflation Adjusted Cut Offs

Training Opportunities

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Come take the training required for all covered produce growers, and recommended for produce growers of all sizes!

If you’re interested in learning more about food safety on produce farms or what’s required by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, come join us for a day of discussion and learning. This full-day training fulfills the requirement for at least one supervisor or responsible party from each fully covered farm to complete a food safety training recognized as adequate by the FDA. It also includes a thumb drive full of resources, and a catered lunch to share with your fellow farm attendees.

This PSA Grower Training is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule training requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires that: 

“At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

All farms that are fully covered under the Produce Safety Rule will need to comply with this training requirement.

**If you are not sure whether your farm is fully covered or eligible for exemptions, give Leah Cook a call at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry to find out your coverage status. She and her team can be reached at 207-764-2100.**

Training Topics Include:

  • What makes people sick from food borne illnesses.
  • Microorganisms that affect public health and where those pathogen sources are on farms.
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that minimize those risks, and basic best practices for food safety on produce farms.
  • Worker health & hygiene, and training.
  • Biological soil amendments, animals, wildlife, and land use.
  • Water and post-harvest washes.
  • Equipment, tools, and sanitation.
  • Records and food safety plans.

Training Dates

  • Machias: October 18, 2019, 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM (Snow Date Oct. 25)
  • Saco: November 8, 2019, 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM (Snow date Nov 15)
  • Belfast: December 6, 2019, 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM (Snow date Dec 13)

Register Online!

Will FSMA Affect You?

This useful flowchart (PDF), and the Understanding FDA’s FSMA Rule for Produce Farms (PDF), developed by National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, helps farms and food businesses determine which rules apply to them and how.

Financial Assistance Information

Use the resources below if you need help in finding financial assistance to improve your infrastructure to come into compliance with FRSA regulations.