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Hawaii Produce Farming Food Safety



The purpose of this website is to provide Hawaii farmers with concise information and easy-to-use steps to understand new FDA requirements, and to prepare the procedures and documents needed to comply with the regulations when they take effect in the future.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 is the most comprehensive reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years. Its purpose is to ensure that the U.S. food supply is safe by changing the response to foodborne illnesses from reactive to proactive. That is, the emphasis is now on preventing problems instead of just reacting to them when they occur. To achieve this goal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed several rules regarding the production, processing, transportation and security of foods to be consumed in the United States. The “rules” of prime concern to Hawaii Famers are the proposed:

  • Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption also known as the Produce Rule
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food known as the Preventive Controls Rule

The Produce Rule is generally based upon the concept of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and the Preventive Controls Rule is generally based on the concept of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).


The information in this website is subject to change as the FSMA gets closer to finalization and promulgation. Windward Community College is not liable for any inaccuracies that may occur due to these changes