The USA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), aimed at preventing food borne illness, was signed into law in 2011. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with leading the implementation process. The Produce Safety Rule, FDA’s standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce, requires producers of fruits and vegetables to adopt minimum standards for the safe production and harvesting of raw agricultural commodities for human consumption. Compliance with this rule is required of producers within the USA and importers of foreign products. Compliance dates are available here.

The GLOBALG.A.P. community has expressed its desire for an auditable FSMA Produce Safety Rule solution for fruit and vegetable producers in the USA and around the world with USA as a destination market. GLOBALG.A.P. has led a Focus Group in the development of an add-on to the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard for Fruit & Vegetables that will complete coverage of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The add-on content is based on GLOBALG.A.P.'s FSMA User's Guide and Self-Assessment published in December 2016.

GLOBALG.A.P. now seeks public consultation from interested stakeholders. We invite you to review the draft Control Points and Compliance Criteria, and the add-on rules available here until 13 March 2018. Please focus your attention on the clarity of the questions and auditability of the points, since the requirements themselves are dictated by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. It is foreseen that the final add-on will be available from April/May 2018.

Third-parties will audit against the GLOBALG.A.P. FSMA Add-on to serve as evidence of FSMA implementation efforts at the farm level, in keeping with the current version of the FDA Produce Safety Rule (21 C.F.R. Part 112). When accompanied by the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance certification, the FSMA Add-on will aid producers in identifying FSMA requirements that must be addressed at the farm level. The add-on and IFA certificate can be provided to retailers and value-chain participants as evidence of a producer’s efforts toward FSMA implementation. The add-on is not an assurance or guarantee of FSMA compliance, as legal compliance can only be determined by a regulatory authority, such as the United States Food and Drug Administration.
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