Food Safety Resources
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FDA & FSMA Resources
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), enacted on January 4, 2011, requires that facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the United States submit additional registration information to FDA, including an assurance that FDA will be permitted to inspect the facility. It also requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations every other year.
Food producers recall their products from the marketplace when the products are mislabeled or when the food may present a health hazard to consumers because the food is contaminated or has caused a foodborne illness outbreak.
The Reportable Food Registry (RFR or the Registry) is an electronic portal for Industry to report when there is reasonable probability that an article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences. The Registry helps the FDA better protect the public health by tracking patterns and targeting inspections.
FDA has a leading role in a number of Food Defense Initiatives to protect food from acts of intentional adulteration or tampering and to assist facilities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of intentional adulteration of the food supply.
This training, developed by the FSPCA, is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.”
NC State University hosts this training at least twice a year, contact the Food Safety Extension Lab for more information on private training opportunities.
FDA Industry Guidance Documents
- Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food: Draft Guidance for Industry
- Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods: Draft Guidance for Industry
- Q&A Regarding Food Facility Registration
- Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Draft Guidance for Industry
- Small Entity Compliance Guide: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
- Seafood HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
- Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
North Carolina Resources
Resources for those in North Carolina needing compliance information on Food & Produce inspections, applicable laws & regulations and product sales and distribution.
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) is focused on recruiting new businesses to the state, supporting the needs of existing businesses, connecting exporters to global customers, helping small business owners get their start, and attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world.
Bringing farmers, consumers, businesses, nonprofits, and governments together to make the Carolinas a model for a better, cleaner, healthier food system.
Research and Task Force Organizations
Building a collaborative infrastructure in the Southern US to support Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliant training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance as it relates to the produce industry.
A member-based association of more than 4,500 food safety professionals, IAFP is committed to advancing food safety worldwide by providing a forum for food safety professionals to exchange information on protecting the food supply.
The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force minimizes food safety risks and enhances the economic competitiveness of North Carolina’s fresh produce industry. The Task Force is a partnership that brings together members involved in education, public policy, the fresh produce industry and research.