The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law on January 4, 2011. Its purpose is to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system with a focus on preventing food safety problems and achieving higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards. The law also gives the FDA important new tools to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods and directs the FDA to build an integrated national food safety system in partnership with state and local authorities.
The FDA is committed to an open process with opportunity for input from all stakeholders. Information and links to the specific requirements are provided below. Each link provides an introduction to the final rule, the key requirements, compliance dates and FDA assistance with guidance documents for the related rule.