Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - Produce Safety Rule
The purpose of 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.
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 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 is creating the necessary infrastructure and conducting grower outreach, education and inspections based on the FSMA regulation.
Visit TDA’s FSMA – Produce Safety Web page for more information, resources and agency contact information.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Food Safety Program
This website, developed by Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, includes a variety of food safety resources, as well as information about upcoming training and events.
Additional resources can be found on USDA’s Farm to School Web pages.