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FDA Food Safety Modernization Act


In 2011, the United States Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  FSMA, which represents the first major overhaul of United States food safety law since the passage of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act in 1938, requires FDA to create final rules addressing various food safety topics including produce safety, hazard analysis, preventive controls, and sanitary transportation of food.  These final rules are to be designed to shift the focus of food safety regulations away from contamination response to contamination prevention.


This guide is intended to represent a collection of legal resources relating to FSMA and FDA food safety regulations. While the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law makes every effort to maintain and update the content furnished in this guide, no warranty or other guarantee is made regarding the timeliness or accuracy of any information provided. 

Authors - Jackie Schweichler and Mary Webber

For more information, please contact the Guide Authors, Jackie Schweichler, Education Programs Coordinator, and Mary Webber, Research Assistant, at The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law.

Phone: (814) 865-4249 


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