US: FDA releases final FSMA Produce, FSVP and Third-Party Accreditation Rules
PMA: Today, Nov. 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published three final rules as part of implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Below you will find links to each rules’ fact sheet and more information from FDA.
- Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (Produce Rule),
- Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), and
- Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications (3rd-Party Accreditation).
The publication of these final rules by FDA is a major FSMA implementation milestone for this landmark legislation. These final rules will have a significant impact on produce businesses, in that they will affect how businesses operate on a daily basis and set definitive regulatory compliance expectations for FDA regulated businesses.