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.

Food Safety Updates

 Ebola Virus Disease Update

Ebola Infographic from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that consumers cannot contract Ebola through air, water or food.

Visit FMI's curated Ebola Virus Information Page.

Produce Guidance Document

Produce Safety Best Practice GuideA 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. 

FSMA Resources

Member-only resources to help food retailers and wholesalers understand and comply with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Updated SafeMark Training

SafeMark Online Manager and Food Handler Courses
Alchemy Systems provides online SafeMark training courses, updated to the 2013 Food Code.
SafeMark Quick Reference:  Food Safety for Food Handlers
The new publication for food handlers is based on recommendations from the 2013 FDA Food Code.

SafeMark Guide to Food Safety:  Manager Certification Training
The fourth edition includes new information based on recommendations from the most recent FDA Food Code to prepare managers for certification.


FMI's food safety resources provide reliable science-based best practices and current thinking. Access issue backgrounders, webinars and downloadable guides.


A group of food retail professionals with a focus on food safety issues of public health significance and the enhancement of the industry's understanding of these issues.

FMI Food Safety Partners

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

Safe Quality Food InstituteThe Safe Quality Food (SQF) program is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world. It is the only certification system recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) offfering certificates for primary production to food manufacturing. Learn More

Safemark 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. Learn More