Update: Spring 2019
What is the Food Safety Modernization Act (also known as FSMA) and does it apply to me?
If you operate a farm business that grows and sells fresh produce—and/or processes, packs, manufactures, or holds food, your business may be affected by FSMA. Some businesses may not be affected at all, some may be affected by one rule, and some may be affected by both rules. See the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website for an overview of FSMA and how it applies to small and medium-sized farms, as well as up-to-date information on FSMA. Below is information to help you understand food safety on your farm and to see how your farm might be affected. There are also templates for developing a food-safety plan.
For more information on compliance for producers and producer FSMA training see the
Produce Safety Alliance web site.
Farmer Regulatory Toolkit Application
Understanding Food Safety Regulations and Performing a Self Assessment
Today, farms are operating within a complex set of regulations pertaining to food safety. There are rules, regulations, and standards at county, state, federal and global levels. This tool has been created to help bridge the gap between the knowledge of producers and buyers. It will help both groups gain a deeper understanding and the ability to communicate about expectations in a way that provides assurances about the safety of food.
This toolkit will help you understand all of the relevant regulations that pertain to food safety by providing of the following tools:
(In English and Spanish)
More information and a full flowchart can be downloaded via this link.
Penn State Food Safety Plan Template
A sample food-safety plan developed by Penn State Extension.
Food Safety Plan for You – FSP4U; University of Minnesota
Explains all components of a food-safety plan and provides food safety plan and record keeping templates.
On Farm Food Safety Project
This organization provides a free and easy-to-use online template for you to develop a food-safety plan on your farm. It prompts you to fill in only the areas that are relevant to your farm, similar to TurboTax®. Just click on the tab “Create a Food Safety Manual.”
También disponsible en español.
Primus Labs Local Farmer Program
This is another online platform for developing a food-safety plan. It also has trainings for auditors and verifiers.
Tipsheet on working with buyers who are asking for a GAPS plan and audit (coming soon!)