The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) is transforming the nation’s food safety system by shifting the focus from responding to foodborne illness to preventing it. Congress enacted the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in response to dramatic changes in the global food system and in our understanding of foodborne illness and its consequences, including the realization that foodborne illness is both a significant public health problem and a threat to the economic well-being of the food system.
The FDA has finalized seven major rules to implement FSMA, recognizing that ensuring the safety of both the human and animal food supply is a shared responsibility among many different parties at various points in the global supply chain. The FSMA rules outline specific actions the food industry must take at each of these points to prevent contamination.
For each rule, the FDA has identified measures that will help to evaluate how well the rules are being implemented and where there could be room for improvement. Having this data will help the agency identify trends in food safety, implement a risk-informed planning and resource allocation framework, and modernize the agency’s food safety work in a way that will help achieve a new era of smarter food safety. Successful implementation of FSMA will support the FDA’s ultimate goal of reducing the incidence of illness and death attributable to preventable contamination of FDA-regulated human and animal food products.
Food Safety Modernization Act Rule Dashboards
This set of measures focuses on the FSMA Preventive Controls and CGMP rules for human and animal foods.
This set of measures focuses on imported human food, imported animal food and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).
This Food Safety Dashboard will monitor progress and performance towards achieving key outcomes over time. This is an evolutionary process. The compliance dates for the FSMA rules were staggered over time, largely based on business size, and some entities still have not reached certain compliance dates. Routine inspections for others may only just be starting. This means that the early data collected based on these performance measures will reflect the current status of implementation. Depending on the measure, it may take several years to establish baselines and identify meaningful trends in FSMA implementation.
The agency anticipates these performance measures will evolve and improve over time as the agency and its partners continue to implement FSMA and collect more and better-quality data. FDA will update the Food Safety Dashboard on a quarterly basis.