Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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.

Outreach and Education for Florida Fruit and Vegetable Growers

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is working with the FDA to provide outreach and education to Florida fruit and vegetable growers who will be impacted by the “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” (commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule).

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings and On Farm Readiness Reviews

FDACS has partnered with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Service 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 the Division of Fruit and Vegetables at (863) 578-1900.