We are the North Central Region that was selected by Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration (Grant Number 1R01FD005685-01) titled “Strategies  for Successful Implementation of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) in the North Central Region through Adoption of a Systems Approach and Stakeholder Engagement Framework” to represent the 12 states (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) in the Midwest region of the United States. Our grant is covered under the Institutional Review Board, Office for Responsible Research at Iowa State University (IRB ID 16-123 4/5/2016).

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Recent News

September 21, 2018

Need guidance on how to safely use Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin?  Check out this new guidance document from the NCR FSMA.  


September 17, 2018

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued documents designed to help food facilities subject to the preventive controls for human and animal food rules determine if they meet the definition of a “qualified facility” under those rules, and if so, what modified requirements are applicable to such facilities. A qualified facility is generally a business that, because of its very small size, is required to meet only modified requirements under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. 


September 12, 2018

FDA will hold a webinar on September 20, 2018 from 1:00-1:45 pm Eastern to provide food importers with information regarding the new Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP).  VQIP is a voluntary, fee-based program that allows participating importers to import their food products to the United States with greater speed and predictability by avoiding unexpected delays at the point of entry.

September 12, 2018

The Center for Produce Safety announced their annual call for preliminary research proposals. Pre-Proposals and required documents should be sent no later than 12:00 noon (Pacific Standard Time) on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

September 11, 2018

Looking for an easy way to document that you and your staff are ready to harvest each day?  Use the NCR Pre-Harvest Checklist.  It's available as an Excel document or as a PDF.

Find it here