Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
UPDATE! The FDA has released the final drafts of the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Rules.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a federal law intended to reduce the risk of microbial contamination of food. The rules for implementing FSMA were released in proposed form in January 2013, and finalized in 2015. Farms and food businesses will have from 1-6 years to come into compliance depending on their size and activities. FSMA has two parts that relate to produce farms in NH.
Part 1. The Produce Safety Rule applies to “farms” or those who grow, harvest, pack or hold covered produce. The rules only apply to produce generally eaten raw, NOT to produce rarely eaten raw such as sweet corn, potatoes, pumpkins, etc.
Part 2. The Preventive Controls rule applies to “facilities” that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food.
We have developed and collected a series of web tools to have you determine if and how these rules affect your business.
Additional information from the FDA
FDA factsheets that summarize the final rules can be found here
More information from the FDA regarding the rules can be found at the links below