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Educational Resources

Penn State Extension offers resources to help you interpret and understand how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations impact you.

Flow Charts

FSMA Regulation Flow Chart
PDF, 2.2 MB

This flow chart shows which FSMA regulation your produce or food products are covered under. This is useful for all farms, processing facilities, and packing operations.

Produce Safety Exemption Chart
PDF, 652.5 kB

You know that at least some of your produce crops are covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Use this flow chart to find out if you are eligible for any exemptions.

Preventive Controls Exemption Chart
PDF, 2.2 MB

You know that at least some of your food products are covered under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule. Use this flow chart to find out if you are eligible for any exemptions.

Videos

Part 1 in our FSMA video series will introduce you to the Food Safety Modernization Act. We’ll discuss which two of the seven FSMA rules will have the most impact on farms, food processors and packing operations.

Part 2 of our FSMA video series focuces on the Produce Safety and the Preventive Controls for Human Foods rules, and will help you determine whether your produce crops or food products are covered under either rule, or possibly both.

Part 3 of our FSMA video series will help you determine whether you are eligible for any exemptions under the Produce Safety and/or Preventive Controls for Human Foods rules.

Part 4 of our FSMA video series will outline the deadlines the FDA has established for compliance with FSMA regulations. We’ll also offer resources for training opportunities and for learning more about what compliance means for you.

Presentations

Members of the animal feed industry may be interested in learning about two Food and Drug Administration regulations – the FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Feed Rule and the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Rule are both overseen by the FDA, but may have different impacts for producers and manufacturers.

Additional Resources

This guide provides legal resources relating to FSMA and FDA food safety regulations, and is maintained by the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State.