A whole new way to talk about food safety

The Food Safety and Modernization Act, or FSMA for short, was signed into law on January 4, 2011. This was the first sweeping food safety regulation overhaul in a very, very, very long time and it gives the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate food from farm to fork. FSMA includes 7 new federal rules pertaining to food production, processing, transportation and importation and focuses on the prevention of foodborne illness throughout the food system. The FDA’s offical FSMA pages begin here.

How does it affect me?

The rules most likely to affect small scale farmers, ranchers and specialty food producers are the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (also known as the Produce Safety Rule) and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (also known as the Preventative Controls for Human Food Rule).

How the rule will affect you and your farm or small scale food processing activities will depend on what you grow or process, how much you sell, and who your customers are

This website and the related training and resource materials were created through a partnership among Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington land-grant
universities. Our goal is to provide customized food safety education, training, and technical assistance to owners and operators of small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors and small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers, especially those in rural, remote locations.

On these pages you will find:

  • Tools to help you determine how you these rules may affect you
  • Online and in-person training to help you comply with or prepare for any required action on your part
  • Templates, resources, and examples to enhance your operation’s food safety efforts, whether subject to the rule or not
  • Who to contact in your region, state, or county who can assist you personally

Many small farms will not be required to comply with some or all the new federal food safety regulations.

However, all farms and small scale processing operations are responsible for producing, packing, transporting and selling safe food!