Food Safety Modernization Act

Primers for State and Local Governments

Food-borne illness is a serious public health threat in the United States. Despite having one the best food safety systems in the world, the Center for Disease Control estimates that 48 million Americans get sick every year from food-borne illness — that’s one out of six Americans. In an effort to improve the safety of the nation’s food supply, the historic FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011. The FSMA places a new focus on our nation’s ability to prevent food-borne illness, while strengthening our ability to respond to outbreaks. The Network has developed a series of primers to help state and local governments better understand the new responsibilities, opportunities and resources required and provided by the FSMA, such as guidance documents, training, grant funding, contract opportunities, and improved situational awareness.The primers also address questions about specific FSMA regulations.

The FDA recently released revised provisions that impact FSMA Section 103 and Section 105. The corresponding primers below will be updated accordingly in the coming weeks.

Primer: FSMA Section 105 - Standards for Produce Safety

Section 105 of the Food Safety Modernization requires the FDA to create minimum science-based safety standards for produce. This primer provides an overivew of section 105 and the regulations proposed by the FDA to ensure produce safety, as well as recent revisions to the regulations.

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Primer: FSMA Section 111 - Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

This section of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandates that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft regulations regarding the sanitary transportation of food. This primer will address the impact of this section on human food.

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Primer: FSMA Section 101 - Inspection of Records

Section 101 of the Food Safety Modernization Act expands the FDA's authority to access and copy records relating to potentially dangerous food items. This primer explores the FDA’s record inspection authority based on the revisions implemented by the FSMA and the potential effects on public health and industry.

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Primer: FSMA Section 102 - Registration of Food Facilities

Food facilities are required to register with the FDA to help the agency determine the location and sources of bioterrorism incidents or an outbreak of food-borne illness. This primer provides information on Section 102 of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which requires facilities to provide additional information when they register with the FDA.

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Primer: FSMA Section 103 - Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires certain regulated food facilities to assume a more proactive role in preventing food-borne illness. Section 103 requires regulated facilities to conduct an extensive hazard analysis of their operations. While Section 103 applies to both human and animal food, this primer provides information on the impact of Section 103 on facilities that produce human food.

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