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 was enacted in response to dramatic changes in the global food system and the understanding of foodborne illness and its consequences, including the realization that preventable foodborne illness is both a significant public health problem and a threat to the economic well-being of the food system. FSMA was enacted through the implementation of seven rules aimed at ensuring the safety of the US food supply by shifting focus from response to contamination to prevention of contamination.

FSMA is a broad reaching law that may have a significant impact on Michigan growers and processors. 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. Resources for understanding and complying with FSMA requirements are available on this website and on FDA’s FSMA Website.

In an effort to align the rules for Michigan food and feed companies with federal rules and industry standards, Michigan adopted the federal regulations created by FSMA into the Michigan Food Law (P.A. 92 of 2000, as amended) and Michigan Feed Law (P.A. 120 of 1975, as amended) on March 26, 2018 through House Bill 4811 and 4812. Adoption of these regulations is an important step in keeping Michigan aligned with the national and global market.

Produce Safety Education Videos for Growers and Farm Workers

Produce Safety Inspection for Farm Owners 
Produce Safety Inspection for Farm Owners (Spanish)

Produce Safety Inspection for Farm Workers 
Produce Safety Inspection for Farm Workers (Spanish) 

Produce Safety Technical Assistance 

Portable Toilet Facilities

Reference Materials

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.