Food Safety

Food Safety Modernization Act

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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011.  The FSMA vests Federal Department of Agriculture ("FDA")law enforcement authority in addition it its regulatory authority to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards.


The Law focuses on these 6 major mandates:

  • Registration
  • Hazard Analysis & Preventative Controls
  • Verification
  • Inspection & Frequency
  • Record Keeping Requirements
  • Penalties


Food Safety Compliance

FSMA-logoThe Food Safety Modernization Act supplements existing food safety laws in order to reduce risks to the U.S. food supply. FSMA is a comprehensive top-to-bottom overhaul of the United States food safety regulatory framework and touches every segment of the produce business supply chain from farm-to-fork. FSMA has resulted in major regulations proposed by the FDA affecting how produce is grown, packed, processed, shipped and imported into the U.S. 


PLM's team consists of FSMA experts who understand the regulations and can offer tools to help our compliance with the new regulations:


  • Food Safety Modernization Act compliance training
  • ColdLink Temperature documentation/ monitoringFSMA Checklist
  • Electronic data retention
  • Smartway compliant


If the FDA knocked on your door asking for documentation on your compliance, can you produce it in a timely manner?  Check out our compliance check list to see if you are compliant and find out how PLM can help. 


Are you compliant?  Download PLM's FSMA Compliance Check List.      


Food Safety is not just important for producers, shippers, carriers and distributors.  Consumers need to be informed on what they can do about safe food handling.  The United Sates Department of Agriculture offers guidelines to consumers on what they can do to ensure proper food handling.  Click on the following link for Safe Food Handling Practices on the USDA's website. 


The content set forth herein is not legal advice.  You are advised to seek appropriate legal advice to determine whether the FSMA is applicable to your company and whether the training offered by PLM will facilitate your company’s compliance with the FSMA in the event the FSMA is applicable to your company.