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What is FSMA?
The FDA FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011. The act allows the FDA to strengthen our food safety system to better protect the public’s health. In addition, the law provides the FDA with new enforcement authorities to ensure higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk- based food safety standards and better response to problems when they occur.
How can you prepare for FSMA?
FSMA is currently in effect, please see below for compliance dates based on operation size. Once you’ve determined your compliance date, you’ll need to ensure a food safety plan is implemented on your site per the FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety. Currently, the U.S.’s top food safety standards are working hard to update their food safety auditing checklist to be compliant to FSMA’s new final rule. In the meantime, many operations are obtaining/have obtained food safety certification by third party auditing agencies due to buyer demand which is a great stepping stone towards being FSMA compliant.
How can FSC help you prepare?
FSC currently offers food safety certification to three food safety standards in the U.S.:
- PrimusGFS (GFSI Level)
- Global G.A.P. (GFSI Level)
- Harmonized GAP (Not GFSI Level, developed by United Fresh)
Apply today to get started!