Introduction to Produce Safety
Food Safety Modernization Act
- Produce Safety Rule
What Is the Food Safety Modernization Act?
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011. FSMA is the most sweeping reform to United States food safety regulations in over 70 years. The goal of FSMA is to create a culture of prevention, as opposed to reaction to foodborne illnesses and outbreaks.
FSMA's Seven Major Rules
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed seven rules that have an impact on each part of the food supply chain to ensure a preventive approach from all suppliers.
The seven rules are:
For more information on the seven rules, visit the FDA's FSMA website.
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings and On-Farm Readiness Reviews
TDA has partnered with the University of Tennessee to deliver Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings and On-Farm Readiness Reviews.
The Produce Safety Rule requires one representative from a farm to attend the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training (or other FDA-recognized curriculum). The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training helps growers to understand each part of the regulation and how to comply. View upcoming trainings.
An On-Farm Readiness Review is an educational opportunity intended to walk producers through what an actual inspection on their farm may look like, before a real inspection is conducted.
Sign up for the On-Farm Readiness Review
For more information on the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings, or the On-Farm Readiness Reviews, please contact FDACS at (863) 578-1900.
As part of the Produce Safety Rule, TDA is required to collect aggregate data on farms. By completing this voluntary survey, your responses will help us establish a farm inventory and determine the number of farms that are covered under the Produce Safety Rule.
Farm Inventory Survey