The United Fresh Produce Association has released a new white paper that explores the likely effects of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Available at, the white paper examines new requirements and regulations under the new law faced by businesses within the fresh produce supply chain.  Included in the report are breakdowns on the ramifications for produce grower-shippers, wholesalers and distributors, fruit and vegetable importers, retailers and food service operators, and food transporters.

 “The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will mean significant changes for the fruit and vegetable industry,” said Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for United Fresh. “This white paper gives a quick but exhaustive rundown of the major changes that produce industry members can expect under the new law; all in plain English.”

According to United Fresh, in addition to the segment-specific impacts for these sectors, the white paper looks at the legislation’s effect on the industry as a whole, including the aspects of the bill that deal with mandatory recall authority for FDA, traceability, foodborne illness surveillance, food safety education and training, protections against bioterrorism and laboratory testing.

The white paper also includes a quick-reference-style chart showing what new developments can be expected by each sector, as well as a timeline for the implementation of all new regulations under the law.

The white paper can be downloaded here. United Fresh members may download the white paper free of charge; there is a $50 fee for non-members. For more information on the report, please contact Julie Jacocks, United Fresh education manager at or 202-303-3400, ext. 405.