FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has brought about the biggest change in food regulations since the Food, Cosmetic and Drug Act (FD & C Act) which was established in 1938, modifying it. Its entry into force will be gradual throughout different periods, according to the regulation and according to the size of the companies.

Farms will now have to comply with food safety standards for fresh produce (previously only controlled by the department of agriculture). Food, feed or pet food manufacturers must comply with HACCP Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements under the Preventive Controls regulation. Food must be transported in accordance with the new food safety standards required by the Standard that establishes the Sanitary Conditions for the Transportation of Food and Feed. Supermarkets are now required by the FDA to post recall notices to consumers.

Foreign companies that export food to the United States must comply with the provisions of the foreign supplier verification program (FSVP), which the FDA requires of the importer. In accordance with this regulation, all importers are required to verify that the human and animal food products they import are produced under conditions similar to those established for the national industry (HACCP preventive controls, FDA regulations on food adulteration or allergen labeling). ).

The main regulations developed by FSMA:

  • Standards for the cultivation, harvesting, packing and handling of fresh products for human consumption. (Abbreviated: Rule on Produce Safety)
  • Preventive controls for human food.
  • Preventive controls for animal feed.
  • Foreign supplier verification program.
  • Certification by accredited third parties.
  • Sanitary conditions for the transport of food and feed.
  • Proposed regulation on: Strategies to protect food from intentional adulteration


All establishments that have been registered with the FDA up to now must comply with all the requirements established in the new FSMA and its regulations. However, each of them has some exceptions. In the case of the FSVP (which is applicable to Spanish companies that export), all companies that send food to the US that have to register with the FDA are subject to this rule, except those that are subject to controls by other FDA regulations or other agencies. Thus, meat, poultry and eggs and egg products under USDA jurisdiction are exempt from complying with FSMA. Canned fish and juices that must comply with its HACCP regulations are also exempt from complying with the FSVP (therefore, they are under the FSMA standard, but not under the FSVP). Food for personal consumption, research, food whose final destination is not the US, food to be processed and re-exported, and alcoholic beverages and their ingredients (when their final destination is the production of alcoholic beverages) are also exempt.

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