Food Safety Modernization Act

What’s New with FSMA in Arizona?

In September 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded the Arizona Department of Agriculture  (AZDA) a five year grant/cooperative agreement to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

Under this Cooperative Agreement, ADA will provide statewide training/outreach for the Produce Safety Rule.  The ADA will facilitate the required Produce Safety Alliance – Produce Safety Rule Grower Training. Once training staff is hired by the ADA, we also will provide one-on-one consultations to help farms understand and comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

The ADA plans to begin training in the fall of 2017.  

The Cooperative Agreement also covers regulatory oversight and compliance, for which the ADA is working to gain legislative authority.  Arizona farmers made it clear last April that they want ADA inspectors on their farms; not FDA inspectors. 

For a quick reference to the Produce Safety Rule, please see FSMA PSR Key Requirements.

About the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

FSMA is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in over 70 years. Signed January 4, 2011, by President Obama, FSMA aims to create an integrated food safety system and improve the quality of food products to the public by reducing foodborne illness.

On September 17, 2015, FDA published the final rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and on November 27, 2015, they published the final rule for Produce Safety.

Regulation Resources: FSMA Overview

The seven major FSMA regulations include:

  1. Produce Safety Rule - Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, & Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
  2. Preventive Controls for Human Foods
  3. Preventive Controls for Animals
  4. Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
  5. Third Party Accreditation
  6. Mitigation of Intentional Adulteration
  7. Sanitary Transportation

For more information about FSMA Training, please see FDA's Strategy for FSMA Training.

To contact FDA with FSMA questions or technical assistance, please submit to the Technical Assistance Network.


For more information about FSMA and the ADA, please contact Teressa Lopez at 602-542-0945 or [email protected].

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