Ensuring a safe food supply is a top priority for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) fundamentally shifts the country’s system from reactive (recalls and trace back) to preventive (education and evaluation). Following a spate of major foodborne illness events, Public Law 111-353 was signed into law in early 2011, charging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with remaking our food safety system.
As of July 2018, 46 states and one territory have entered into produce safety cooperative agreements with FDA to educate and/or regulate farms subject to the Produce Safety rule based on a Model Framework NASDA developed through our FDA agreement. A joint NASDA-FDA Implementation Group adds appendices to help guide states in program best practices. A similar framework for Animal Food Safety is expected in 2018.