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FDA & FSMA Resources

FDA Food Facility Registration 

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 Recalls

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.

Reportable Food Registry (RFR)

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’s Food Defense

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.

Preventive Controls for Human & Animal Food Training

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


North Carolina Resources

North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services – Food and Drug Protection Division

Resources for those in North Carolina needing compliance information on Food & Produce inspections, applicable laws & regulations and product sales and distribution.

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

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.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

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

The Southern Center for FSMA Training

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.

International Association for Food Protection

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.

NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force

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.