The purpose of the Food and Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is to shift food safety regulations from a system that focuses on responding to contaminations to one that focuses on preventing them.
FSMA was a law enacted on January 4, 2011, that authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a preventative approach to food safety. The law does this by incorporating new enforcement that is designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with preventative safety standards, and also gives the FDA the tools that it needs to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods.
TDA's specific role is through a cooperative agreement with FDA to advance efforts for a nationally integrated food safety system through the planning, establishment, and/or enhancement of State and Territory Produce Safety Programs that encourage the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables and to promote understanding and compliance with the requirements of FDA’s Regulation “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” (commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule).
TDA will create the necessary infrastructure and conduct grower outreach, education and inspections based on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.