FDA Finalizes FSMA Produce Rule, Import Rules

November 13, 2015

The next three major rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been finalized.

The rules establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms, make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards, and establish a program for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies, also known as auditors, to conduct food safety audits of foreign food facilities.

“The recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella in imported cucumbers that has killed four Americans, hospitalized 157 and sickened hundreds more, is exactly the kind of outbreak these rules can help prevent,” said Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods and…