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Food Safety Modernization Act

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years. It was passed by Congress in 2010 and signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. FSMA changes many aspects of how food is regulated, by aiming to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply through a focus on prevention, rather than responding after a food safety event has occurred.

Today, seven final FSMA rules are in varying stages of implementation and the fresh produce industry continues to move forward with education, training and compliance to the various regulations to which they are subject.

The produce industry is most affected by:

United Fresh FSMA Executive Overview
United Fresh FSMA Issues Brief

For more information about FSMA, contact United Fresh Vice President of Food Safety, Dr. Jennifer McEntire at 202.303.3419.

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.