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Food Safety Modernization Act

In response to the many inquiries we receive about the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), we have created this page to share practical information with as many of you as possible. Please, check this section often as we keep adding and updating information. You can also view resources created by Florida Organic Growers (FOG) at their Food Safety for Producers webpage. Tune into their Food Safety for Farmers Podcast and Webinars for more information!

For specific questions about FSMA you still need answered, please contact FDA directly through their Technical Assistance Network (TAN).

 FSMA News and Updates

FDA Publishes FSVP Guidance Documents

FDA has released two new guidance documents relating to the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) regulation: a small entity compliance guide and a document for importers of grain Raw Agricultural Commodities (RACs).

FDA Publishes New Web Page and Timeline with Key FSMA Compliance Dates

A new web page on fda.gov lists compliance dates for the FSMA rules. FDA has also released a graphic timeline which lists the key compliance dates by year.

FDA releases online training module for FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule

10 October 2017

FDA has created a free online training module to help meet the requirements of the FDA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule (Sanitary Transportation Rule). This FDA module can be offered to operations personnel as a means of satisfying the training requirements of the Sanitary Transportation Rule or to compliment other training. Individuals who complete the online module will be able to generate a certificate of completion from the website.

FDA proposes extension of compliance dates for Produce Safety Rule

15 September 2017

The FDA issued a proposed rule that, if finalized, would extend the compliance dates for the agricultural water requirements of the Produce Safety Rule by an additional two to four years (for produce other than sprouts). The proposed extension will give FDA time to take another look at the water standards to ensure that they are feasible for farmers in all regions of the country. The new proposed compliance date for large farms is January 26, 2022. Small farms would have until January 26, 2023 and very small farms would have until January 26, 2024. The proposed rule is open for public comment until November 13th.

Seafood HACCP and FSMA: Guidance for Industry

16 August 2017

If you are a food producer covered by FDA’s regulations for seafood HACCP, FDA has published this guidance document to help you understand which parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) apply to you and how the FSMA rules may affect your operations.


For appeal process related to QCS US Food Safety Regulatory Programs such as FDA Accredited Third Party Program, please reach out qcs@qcsinfo.org.

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