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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011 by President Obama. It is the most sweeping reform of the United States food safety laws in over 70 years. The overall objective of FSMA is to focus on prevention of foodborne illnesses.

FSMA focuses on prevention, inspection and compliance, response, regulating imported produce to the same standards as domestically grown produce, and enhanced partnerships to increase food safety.

For additional information, see Background on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

There are 7 foundational rules under FSMA (see the full text of the law here):

Find updated compliance dates for each rule here.

In addition, FDA has developed guidance to support FSMA rules. Guidance documents represent FDA’s current thinking on a topic. They do not create or confer any rights for or on any person and do not operate to bind FDA or the public. Guidance documents are important tools that support the implementation of FDA rules and may contribute to policy making in the long run. For a full set of FSMA guidance documents, https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm253380.htm#guidance.

For more information on FSMA, please see our FSMA Resources page.

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