Food Safety Modernization Act

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most exhaustive reform of food safety laws in the US in more than 70 years. The Act was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. Its primary aim is to ensure the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

FSMA focuses more on preventing food safety issues rather than relying on reacting to problems after they occur. The law also provides the FDA with new authority for enforcement designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards, and to better respond to and contain problems when they do occur. The law also gives the FDA important new tools to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods and directs the FDA to build an integrated national food safety system in partnership with state and local authorities.