Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
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Miss us at the Trade Show? Don’t worry—we’ve got your FSMA Facts here!
- 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 (excluding water), except for those involving sprouts, are:
- Large Farms (Annual Produce Sales over $500,000), January 26, 2018
- Small Farms (Annual Produce Sales $250,001-$500,000), January 28, 2019
- Very Small Farms (Annual Produce Sales $25,001-$250,000), January 27, 2020
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To determine values adjusted for inflation, reference: FSMA Inflation Adjusted Cut Offs
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
This course is for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural re-sources and food safety.
Content covered includes:
- Introduction to Produce Safety Worker Health,
- Hygiene, and Training Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water
- Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
- Bangor: January 8, 2019 9AM to 6PM (Snow date January 11)
- Unity: February 8, 2019 9AM to 6PM (Snow date February 15)
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