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Food Safety Modernization Act

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 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 of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it. Use these resources to learn more about the law, the proposed rules under the law, and ways you can get involved with United Fresh to help provide comments to FDA and prepare for implementation.

For more information about the proposed food safety rules, contact United Fresh Vice President of Food Safety, Dr. Jennifer McEntire at 202.303.3419. To join one of the working groups, contact Erin Grether at 202.303.3402.

FSMA Education, Training & Templates

FSMA Training Course Information

Food Safety Model Plans

Access templates you can use to develop your food safety plan. Select the downloadable Word versions so you can adapt them to fit your needs. *Note that while FDA does not require a specific format, these were developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), and are used during the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training course.

Archived Information (Proposed Rules + Comments)

United Fresh has been at the forefront of the efforts to modernize our food safety system and launched a thorough and deliberative industry review of the proposals to help shape future final regulations to enhance produce safety in ways that reflect the diversity and efficiency of our produce industry.

The review of the proposed rules involved the expertise of food safety experts and industry stakeholders from across the country to ensure they are implemented in a scientific, effective and practical way. United Fresh organized working groups for each of the proposed and supplementary proposed rules which conducted a deliberative process to review thousands of pages of the regulations.

Each of these panels performed a series of meetings and conference calls to conduct a thorough analysis of the proposed FDA rules. The working groups were comprised of United Fresh volunteer leaders, representing a broad spectrum and expertise of the produce industry. Members serving on our Food Safety & Technology Council, Government Relations Council, and other volunteer leadership groups also served on these working groups.

Our goal was to ensure that we received thorough and broad industry input in order to fully understand and advocate for our members a rule that is fair, balanced, and represents the intent and the principles that we strove for in development of the Food Safety Modernization Act.