Food Safety Modernization Act

The 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.


Upcoming Grower Produce Safety Certification Course(s)

FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Farmer Survey

Farms that grow produce covered under the Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to register their farms with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Registration is easy – just complete the brief survey available at:


Michigan's Produce Safety Risk Assessment Program

Michigan's Produce Safety Risk Assessment is a tool that provides an on-farm assessment of your facility to help you evaluate your produce safety practices.

Food Safety Risk Assessment Tool for Dairy Processing Plants

MDARD has created a self-assessment tool for small to medium sized Michigan dairy processors to use while preparing to meet the new requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This tool enables producers to assess the risks associated with dairy food production in their facilities.