About the Food Safety Modernization Act
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), enacted in 2011, is the most comprehensive update to our federal food safety laws in over 70 years. The purpose of the law is to ensure a safer U.S. food supply by focusing on the prevention of foodborne illness. Preventable foodborne illness poses threats to both public health and the economy.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) finalized seven major rules to implement FSMA that cover all points in the global food supply chain:
- Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, also known as the Produce Safety Rule
- Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food, also known as Preventive Controls for Human Food
- Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, also known as Preventive Controls for Animal Food
- Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP)
- Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration
- Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food
- Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP)
- Accredited Third-Party Certification
Learn more about What's New in FSMA.