Food Safety

Center for Retail Food Safety and Defense

Food Safety Programs provides retailers and wholesalers the information and tools they need to ensure they are properly protecting consumers by selling safe and wholesome food and operating within the scope of regulatory requirements and best practices. FMI is unique in that it tailors all of its programs, training and guidance specifically to its members, offering a one-stop shop for food safety. In addition to food safety support, FMI is also available 24/7 to assist members in need of crisis management.

Updated SafeMark Training

Alchemy Systems will provide the online SafeMark training courses, updated to the 2013 Food Code.

SafeMark Quick Reference:  Food Safety for Food Handlers
The new publication is based on recommendations from the 2013 FDA Food Code.

Produce Guidance Document
A Produce Safety Best Practices Guide for Retailers, developed by FMI’s Produce Work Group and co-branded with industry partners Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association is now available. The step-based program will serve as a tool for both food safety and non-food safety retail employees focusing on building existing food safety programs. 
View the Produce Safety Best Practices Guide.

Food Safety Resources

Food safety resources provide reliable science-based best practices and current thinking.

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Food Safety Community

To focus on food safety issues of public health significance and the enhancement of the industry's understanding of these issues.

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FDA Releases the 2013 Food Code

FDA Releases the 2013 Food Code.  The update is a model for state, city, county, tribal, territorial agencies and industry. Learn more>>

Food Safety Modernization Act Implementation

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. Learn more>>



Partnership for Food Safety Education

The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), saves lives & improves public health through research-based, actionable consumer food safety initiatives that reduce foodborne illness. Learn More About the Partnership>>

Food Safety During An Emergency


A Consumer's Guide to Food Safety - Severe Storms and Hurricanes
Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food?  Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.  This Consumer’s Guide will help you make the right decisions to keep your family safe during an emergency.  Learn More>>

USDA Consumer Alert: Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing recommendations to help minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses in the wake of the winter snow storm that brought heavy snow and ice to the Midwestern United States and could leave communities without power. Learn More>>

Fires and Food Safety
Whether it's the whole house involved or just a fire in the kitchen, people try to save what they can — including food. But generally, saving food that's been in a fire is not a good idea.  Food exposed to fire can be comprised by three factors:  the heat of fire, smoke fumes, and chemicals used to fight fire. Learn More>>

FDA - Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Constituent Update


USDA - Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)

Constituent Update

SQF Institute

SQF Institute

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) program is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world as a rigorous, credible food safety management system. It is the only certification system recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that offers certificates for primary production to food manufacturing.

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SafeMark Program

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A comprehensive food safety training and certification program. In the business of food safety, the best protection is prevention, and it begins with the right training program.

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