Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
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- FSMA Facts Presentation (PDF) - What you need to know about FSMA
- FSMA Record Requirements (PDF) - Record Requirements by Topic Areas
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.
Compliance dates for covered activities:
|COVERED FARM SIZE:||VERY SMALL
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|
|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 FDA.gov: FSMA Inflation Adjusted Cut Offs
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.
- 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)
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.
- Summary of Many Federal (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule Updates (PDF 37KB) - Written by Linda Titus of AgMatters LLC
Use the resources below if you need help in finding financial assistance to improve your infrastructure to come into compliance with FRSA regulations.
Receive FSMA Updates
The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Quality Assurance and Regulations will continue to monitor FDA rule making and provide information at this site about FSMA next steps, including the final rules, implementation information, compliance dates and training opportunities.
- On Farm Food Safety - Customizable Fillable forms for GAP/GHP, Harmonized GAP and FSMA