Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Info & Resources

Contact:

Shelley Mehlenbacher – Shelley.mehlenbacher@state.vt.us or 802-828-2421
Abbey Willard – abbey.willard@state.vt.us or 802-272-2885

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our nation’s food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011.

FSMA aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The first two of five rules under FSMA were proposed this January; Public comments are due November 13, 2013.

The Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce rule proposes enforceable safety standards for the production and harvesting of produce on farms. The Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food rule would require makers of food to be sold in the United States, whether produced at a foreign- or domestic-based facility, to develop a formal plan for preventing food products from causing food borne illness. A full copy of the proposed rules is available for viewing through the following links:

All growers, manufacturers, and anyone interested in fresh produce safety and manufacturing of human food is encouraged to comment on the proposed rules. The comment period will remain open until November 13, 2013. There are two ways to submit comments to FDA:

  1. Comment electronically at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FDA-2011-N-0921
  2. Written comments may be faxed to the FDA at 301-827-6870 or you may mail them to:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)

Food and Drug Administration

5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061

Rockville, MD 20852

Additional Resources

Resources

For more information go to the Vermont food safety task force website. Provides information about the critical issues, fact sheets, and access to the proposed rules by FDA.

http://vt.foodprotectiontaskforce.com/

Additionally, FDA has collaborated with Cornell University to form the Produce Safety Alliance whose website has fact sheets, links to the rules, and previously recorded webinars. http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/psa.html