FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years. Almond growers are required to comply with FSMA rules, as relevant to each part of the operation.



Almond growers and other primary or secondary activities farms such as some huller/shellers and brownskin almond facilities, must comply with the FSMA Produce Safety rule. The FDA established Produce Safety compliance dates for primary and secondary farms based on crop value:

     Large Farms (>$500,000) – January 26, 2018


     Midsize Farms ($250,000-$500,000) – January 28, 2019


     Small Farms ($25,000-$250,000) – January 27, 2020


To determine what kind of farm you are, click on the handout below, titled, “Is My Operation a ‘Farm’ Covered By the Produce Safety Rule?"


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