FDA announces FSMA funding opportunity for states to implement produce safety rule.

  • With the rollout of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act well underway, questions continue to arise regarding the adequacy of funding support for the sweeping reforms that the law requires.
  • FDA recently announced a funding opportunity for all states and U.S. territories, specifically to help support implementation of FSMA’s produce safety standards.  The $19 million funding allocation for FY 2016 will support up to 55 awards to assist states with planning, infrastructure building, training, education, and other activities related to the development of state produce safety programs.  Assuming that Congress continues to make funding available, this funding opportunity will continue for five years.
  • Due to the inherent complexity and breadth of the FSMA requirements, FDA must rely on strong partnerships with state agencies to ensure comprehensive and effective implementation.