What is FSMA?
- [Narrator] The Food Safety Modernization Act, FSMA, was signed into law on 2011.
This law enables the United States Food and Drug Administration to focus on the prevention of food safety issues rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur.
There are seven major rules in FSMA, each one of them designed to make specific actions that must be taken at different points in the global chain to ensure food safety for animal and human food.
Let's take a look at the seven rules.
The Produce Safety Rule is the first ever mandatory federal standard for growing, harvesting, packing and holding a fresh produce.
The current good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis, and risk-based preventive controls for human food is known as the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule.
This rule requires food facilities to have a food safety plan in place that includes a hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls to minimize or prevent the identified hazards.
The Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule establishes that current good manufacturing practices and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for the production of food for animals.
The rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for importers of food for humans and animals requires that importers perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable US safety standards.
The rule on Accredited Third-Party Certification establishes a voluntary program for the Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies, also known as Third-Party Auditors, to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign entities and the foods for humans and animals they produce.
The Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule, this rule places efforts to protect foods from farm to table by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation.
The rule for mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply.
FSMA applies to many domestic and foreign firms producing food for consumption in the United States.
Compliance states for the different rules vary upon the size of a business.
There are exemptions to the rules and are based on commodity, risk, size of the facility, sales, and other factors.
Your first task is to find out which rule or rules may apply to your entity and start working on your program.
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This program was developed by Food Safety CTS LLC for the USDA's Food Safety and Agricultural Sustainability Training Program and Penn State University.
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