Food Safety Modernization ActThe Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our nation's food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. FSMA aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. The first two of five rules under FSMA, the Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls Rule were proposed this January; The public comment period was extended to September 16, 2013.
FSMA is a very extensive and complex law that will have a huge impact on Michigan growers and processors, especially due to the diversity of crops and types of operations in our state. Michigan growers and processors, regardless of the size and scope of their operations, are encouraged to learn more about what FSMA could mean to their businesses and submit comments to FDA to affect the final rules. FDA will review comments received during the comment period to develop final rules for implementation.
MDARD hosted a Michigan Listening Session and webinar on April 24 for the proposed Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules. If you were unable to participate, handouts and presentations from the listening session are available below: