February 22, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized two new food safety rules, the Preventive Controls Rule and the Produce Safety Rule, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These rules establish new requirements for farms and food businesses, with different levels of compliance based on operation type and size. In order to help farmers and food businesses navigate the new federal food safety requirements, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has released an updated version of our “Am I Affected?” FSMA flowchart.
Originally created during the FSMA proposed rulemaking stage, the flowchart has now been modified to reflect the final versions of the rule governing produce farms (the Produce Rule) and the rule governing food-processing facilities (the Preventive Controls Rule).
What is FSMA?
The Food Safety Modernization Act (or “FSMA”), passed by Congress in 2010 and signed into law by President Obama in 2011, significantly restructured our nation’s food safety laws. FSMA authorized the FDA to develop new requirements for food producers, suppliers, and manufacturers across the supply chain, including, for the first time, produce farms.
Everyone has a role to play in food safety–from farmer to consumer. While some farms and local food businesses may not be subject to the new requirements, it is still important for everyone to know what the rules entail and how they might impact you now or in the future. Some buyers, for example, may require that producers obtain food safety certification before purchase, whether or not the producer is covered by FDA’s new rules.
We at NSAC encourage all farms and food enterprises to check out the updated information and consider how the new rules might be relevant to their operation.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Preventive Controls Rule:
Download a PDF of the flowchart here