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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

About 48 million people become ill and 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a significant personal cost and public health burden that is largely preventable.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)  enables all involved to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. The FSMA builds a formal system of collaboration with other government agencies, both domestic and foreign. In doing so, the statute explicitly recognizes that all food safety agencies need to work together in an integrated way to achieve our public health goals.

There are seven Rules related top FSMA:

  1. Preventative Control for Human Foods
  2. Produce Safety
  3. Sanitary Transport of Food and Feed
  4. Foreign Supplier Verification
  5. Third Party Verification
  6. Intentional Adulteration
  7. Preventative Control for Animal Food

Building a new food safety system based on prevention will take time, FDA is committed to implementing the requirements through an open process with opportunity for input from all stakeholders. They are partnering with the state of Pennsylvania to complete the rollout of the Rules.