With the FDA’s final Produce Safety Rule (covering farms) being made available to the public on November 13, 2015, and the Preventative Controls Rule for Human Food (covering processing facilities) being released this past September, the time to prepare for compliance is now. There will be a phased-in implementation strategy determined by your farm or facility’s activities, size, and type of products. The time you have to bring your farm or facility into compliance will vary. See the FDA’s Produce Safety flow chart and the Preventative Controls Rule fact sheet to see if your farm or facility is covered by the new federal rule and when you would need to be in compliance.
FSMA does not require third-party food safety certification for U.S.-based farms (see the resources section below for more information on FSMA requirements). For operations that choose third-party certification, CCOF’s Food Safety Certification Services offers various options to meet the needs of different buyers.
CCOF is working with the GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group to identify areas of the new FSMA rules that might differ from the GLOBALG.A.P. standards and to develop an inspection addendum to identify areas where FSMA differs or is more prescriptive than the GLOBALG.A.P. standards. While they are largely harmonious, we are working to align GLOBALG.A.P. standards to FSMA.
Please see the following links for more information regarding the new FSMA:
Food Safety Resources