Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Congress enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to improve the country’s ability to prevent food safety problems, respond quickly if a problem does occur and ensure the safety of imported foods. The sweeping act was signed into law in 2011, giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authority to regulate domestic and imported food for humans and animals at several points in the food supply chain.

FDA has finalized seven major rules to implement the FSMA mandate.    

Our Position

With the major rulemaking related to FSMA now complete, FDA is issuing guidance and beginning inspections and enforcement of the new requirements. IDFA is working to ensure that the guidance aligns with the flexibility allowed by the rules. We’re also making sure that inspections required under FSMA are conducted appropriately and efficiently, with minimal disruption to daily dairy operations.


For more information, contact John Allan, IDFA vice president, regulatory affairs and international standards, at

Staff Contact

John Allan

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards