FDA Debuts Easy-To-Access FSMA Information
In addition, FDA has also updated its Produce Safety Rule page with the most current information on the rule’s requirements, compliance dates, training, technical assistance, and other resources. The first major compliance date for large farms (other than sprout growers) under the Produce Safety Rule has recently arrived. However, in September 2017, FDA announced that routine inspections under the rule would be postponed until Spring 2019 to allow time during this upcoming year for additional education, outreach, and training.
The Produce Safety Rule mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce grown for human consumption; marking a fundamental shift from reacting to food safety problems to preventing them before they occur.