Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Services

  • Overview
  • Training/Workshops
  • Analysis/Consultation
  • Customized Services
  • Why Work With NSF?

In January 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law. The Act made sweeping changes to U.S. food safety laws, most notably shifting focus to preventing food safety problems rather than reacting to them after they occur.

Highlights of FSMA include:

  • Farm-to-table responsibility
  • Requirement of preventive controls and food safety plans
  • A focus on importers for imported foods
  • More frequent FDA inspections based on risk
  • Recognition of third-party laboratory testing and third-party certification
  • Ability to require third-party certification for high-risk foods

Backed by nearly 70 years of food safety expertise, NSF International offers various services to help you understand and comply with FSMA including training/workshops, analysis/consultation and customized services.

To learn more about FSMA, visit the FDA’s FSMA website.

To learn more about what NSF services best fit your needs to comply with FSMA, call +1.877.893.1325 or email fsma@nsf.org.

Training/Workshops

NSF has been providing superior food safety training for more than 20 years. We offer several courses and related training to help you prepare for, and comply with, FSMA regulations.

NSF’s food safety courses include:

  • Prerequisite Programs for a HACCP System
  • HACCP Manager Training
  • Advanced HACCP
  • Seafood HACCP
  • Principles of Internal Auditing

Our courses are taught by passionate and seasoned subject matter experts who utilize real-world experience to educate professionals on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based food safety practices.

See the full NSF Training and Education course schedule for more information.

We also offer FSMA workshops with hands-on learning and interaction with NSF subject matter experts who help you prepare an up to date food safety management system.

Analysis/Consultation

To help you get up to speed with FSMA, NSF’s food safety experts can conduct an analysis of your food facility and identify areas of concern or non-compliance. We can help you build HACCP plans, and develop a prioritized road map to assist you with FSMA compliance. The global NSF team can provide:

  • A detailed gap analysis
  • Direct assistance preparing required documents, monitoring forms and facility registration
  • Supply chain and product traceability assistance
  • Assistance in identifying and implementing preventive controls

Customized Services

Engage NSF’s food safety experts to provide you with FSMA preparation and compliance assistance. We can discuss the various ways in which our global team can help you.

Why Work With NSF?

With nearly 70 years of industry experience and a seasoned team of food safety experts on staff, NSF’s industry knowledge is unparalleled. We can provide FSMA guidance and help you work through potential challenges. Simply put, our knowledge and experience will work to your advantage, enabling you to get to market more quickly.

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  • Open Will imported foods be affected by the Act?

    Yes. Importers will be specifically required to have programs in place to verify that the products they bring into this country comply with FSMA requirements. To accomplish this, importers will need to verify that their suppliers have food safety management systems in place that provide the same level of public health protection as those required under the Act.

  • Open How soon must my facility be compliant with FSMA requirements?

    Even though some of the specifics of the Act have not yet been finalized, it is not too early to move toward compliance. Developing and implementing well documented preventive measures including critical control points along with corrective action procedures is a very good start.

  • Open If my facility is already under inspection by the USDA, is it exempt from FSMA requirements?

    Only those products under USDA inspection (or other government mandated HACCP programs like juice and seafood) are exempt. If you also produce other products that do not fall under existing HACCP mandates, they will be subject to FSMA requirements

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