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 signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011 and passed by Congress in 2010. FSMA changes many aspects of how food is regulated, by aiming to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe, shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
Today, most final rules are in varying stages of implementation and the industry is moving toward the education and compliance phases. Of the seven FSMA rules, the most concentrated regulations effecting the produce industry are: The Produce Rule, The Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Rule, and The Sanitary Transportation Rule.
United Fresh Position
United Fresh FSMA Activities
- While meeting in Washington, DC, the United Fresh Government Relations Council discussed FSMA and requesting an extension for “off-farm” facilities.
- United Fresh spearheads an industry letter to Michael Taylor, former Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Stephen Ostroff, FDA Chief Scientist, requesting an in-person meeting to discuss deadline extension.
- United Fresh and other industry partners meet with Commissioner Taylor and Chief Scientist Dr. Ostroff.
- In response to a United Fresh coordinated industry effort, FDA grants an extension for those packaging houses subject to the Preventive Controls, to be the same compliance date as packing houses on farm, subject to The Produce Rule. Compliance will begin on January 26, 2018.
- United Fresh continues to attend FDA quarterly meetings with the agency and allied industry partners