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:
- The Produce Safety Rule
- The Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule
- The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Rule
- The Sanitary Transportation Rule
For more information about FSMA, contact United Fresh Vice President of Food Safety, Dr. Jennifer McEntire at 202.303.3419.
FSMA Guidance Docs
- FDA Draft Guidance for FSVP
- Policy Regarding Certain Entities Subject to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Preventive Controls, Produce Safety, and/or Foreign Supplier Verification Programs: Guidance for Industry (Enforcement Discretion)
- List equivalent test methods FDA has determined to be equivalent for Agricultural Water (9/12/17)
- Ag Water Compliance Date Extension for Subpart E – Produce Safety Rule Federal Register Notice (9/12/17)
- Compliance Guide for Small Businesses under Produce Safety Rule (9/5/17)
- Compliance Date Extensions and Clarification for Final Rules (8/23/16)
- Draft Preventive Controls Guidance (8/23/16)
- Draft Guidance – Classification of Activities as Harvesting, Packing, Holding, or Manufacturing/Processing for Farms and Facilities: Guidance for Industry (August 2016)
FSMA Compliance Dates & Helpful FSMA Links
FDA Final Rules
- Produce Safety Final Rule
- Preventive Controls for Human Food Final Rule
- Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Final Rule
- Accredited Third-Party Certification Final Rule
- Sanitary Transportation Final Rule
- Intentional Adulteration Final Rule
- FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Guidance for Industry (VQIP)
Archived Information (Proposed Rules + Comments)
- Comments on Supplementary Proposal to Produce Safety Proposed Rule
- Comments on Supplementary Proposal to Preventive Controls for Human Food Proposed Rule
- Comments on Supplementary Proposal to Preventive Controls for Animal Feed Proposed Rule
- Comments on Supplementary Proposal to Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Proposed Rule
- Comments on FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) Draft Guidance
- Comments on FDA FSMA Amendments to Reportable Food Registry
- Comments on FDA’s Proposed Regulation Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food
- Comments on FDA’s Proposed Designation of High Risk Foods
- Comments on Proposed Preventive Controls for Animal Feed Rule
- Comments on Proposed Foreign Supplier Verification Rule
- Comments on Proposed Preventive Controls Rule
- Comments on Proposed Produce Safety Rule
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.