In the USA, the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires specific practices to be implemented and followed for the production, handling, and import of food products. To support implementation efforts at the producer level, GLOBALG.A.P. is offering its
FSMA Produce Safety Rule Add-on to address control points found in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The Add-on may be used by producers growing fruit and vegetables in the United States, as well as producers outside the United States who anticipate their products will be exported to the US Market.

  • The FSMA PSR Add-on is designed to be paired with the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Fruit and Vegetables Standard (IFA FV).
  • The control points found in the FSMA PSR Add-on are reviewed by a third party during the annual GLOBALG.A.P. certification inspection.
  • When accompanied by IFA FV certification, the FSMA PSR Add-on will aid producers in identifying FSMA requirements that must be addressed at the farm level.
  • The FSMA PSR Add-on plus IFA FV certificates can be provided to retailers and other value-chain participants as evidence of a producer’s efforts toward FSMA implementation. 
  • "FSMA Observers" have access to Audit Reports, Non-Conformity Summaries and Corrective Action Reports in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database.
  • As the FDA is still reviewing elements of the FSMA PSR addressing water quality, the GLOBALG.A.P. FSMA PSR Add-on will not require conformance with FSMA-specific water quality control points.
  • The FSMA PSR Add-on certificate is not an assurance or guarantee of FSMA compliance, as legal compliance can only be determined by a regulatory authority, such as the FDA.

Find more information, and links to the FSMA PSR Add-on documents on our FSMA web page. Note that the General Rules and Control Points and Compliance Criteria are published in “Interim Final“ stage until June when they will be replaced with “Final” documents. Certification bodies, producers and other stakeholders may proceed with using these Interim Final documents. 

Questions and comments may be directed to standard@globalgap.org.