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FSMA "Cheat Sheet" (PDF)

This FSMA "cheat sheet" has been designed along with an invaluable FSMA Implementation Course. The course provides step-by-step guidance on each step outlined in the schematic. For more details and a course preview click here:

FDA Food Safety Plan Builder

New Software from FDA

The FDA has released a Food Safety Plan Builder for download to assist companies in documenting their FSMA Food Safety Plan. Explore this tool and ensure to input the correct information for each section. Use of this tool is optional. 

FSMA Fillable Forms (PDF)

FSPCA FSMA Food Safety Plan Fillable Forms in PDF format. All forms can be adapted or modified as needed. 

FDA Guidance Documents

Using Guidance Documents as you develop your Food Safety Plan is crucial! Check back frequently for the latest updates and publishings from FDA. 

Listeria monocytogenes

Controlling Listeria monocytogenes in RTE Foods

It is extremely important to review this document if you make RTE products that are exposed to the environment and are concerned about Listeria monocytogenes.


Draft Guidance for Industry:
FSMA Preventive Controls 

Guidance for Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food. Check back frequently as new information is added.

Appendix 1: Potential Hazards for Foods   and Processes

This appendix contains information on the potential hazards for these categories: Bakery, Beverage, Chocolate and Candy, Dairy, Dressings and Condiments, Egg, Food Additives, Fruits and Vegetables, Game Meat, Grains, Multi-Component Foods and Nuts.

4 Model FSMA Food Safety Plans


1. Broccoli, Carrot, Pecan Salad

2. Fettuccini Marinara with Broccoli RTC 

3. Ground Black Pepper 

4. Peanut Butter

Risk Assessment

VIDEO: How to Conduct a Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment is essential for a successful Food Safety Plan to ensure high-risk hazards are controlled and resources are focused on what matters the most. i.e Hazards that can cause severe health issues, injuries or death.

Root-Cause Analysis

VIDEO: Conducting a Root-Cause Analysis

Root cause analysis is a problem solving process for conducting an investigation into an incident or non-conformity.  The investigator must understand the cause of the situation to prevent re-occurrence of the same issue.

FDA's Bad Bug Book (Second Edition PDF) 

The Bad Bug Book 2nd Edition, released in 2012, provides current information about the major known agents that cause foodborne illness. Each chapter in this book is about a pathogen—a bacterium, virus, or parasiteor a natural toxin that can contaminate food and cause illness.


CFIA Reference Database for Hazard Identification (RDHI)

This is an excellent interactive tool designed by CFIA for identifying food and food-borne hazards in production and processing when planning and implementing food safety procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) or HACCP plans. 

Supplier Evaluation Tool 

FDA Resource for Supplier Evaluation.  Using this tool, importers, manufacturers and processors are able to search multiple data bases at the same time. 

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