Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Overview

FDA Materials

New: The FDA announced that on-farm FSMA inspections will not start until 2019. Learn more here.

Information on all of the Food Safety Modernization act (FSMA) rules can be found on the FDA website.

FSMA Flow Charts

Determining 25K & 500K Thresholds for Full and Qualified FSMA Exemptions:

FDA Website with tables that show the inflation adjusted value of dollars to determine whether your farm has a full exemption from FSMA (less than $25,000 adjusted dollars in gross produce sales over the last 3 years) or if your farm has a qualified exemption (less than $500,000 in total farm food sales in adjusted dollars over the last 3 years). Scroll down to the Produce Safety Tab and click it to expand and show tables.

Check out NSAC’s blog post explaining the FDA’s monetary cut offs for full FSMA exemptions & qualified exemptions.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
NSAC is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. Follow the link above to find out about produce rule issues and preventative control rule issues.

NSAC Food Safety Modernization Act Resource:

FAQs on Food Safety Training Requirements for Produce Farms 

Other Resources

Domestic Facility Risk Categorization (FY 2012):  This website defines what a facility is for FDA regulatory purposes.  Facilities are subject to a different set of rules than non-facilities. Farms themselves are not facilities, but a farm could contain a facility.

Sprouts Safety Alliance (FDA): This website describes the FDA collaboration for food safety in sprouts.

Page updated 9/27/17.

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