Produce Safety Ensuring produce safety—from farm to table—is a critical step in reducing the presence of dangerous bacteria in the food supply and preventing foodborne illness.
FDA Releases Draft Guidance Document for the Produce Safety Rule

FDA Releases Draft Guidance Document for the Produce Safety Rule

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The FDA has released draft guidance for farms which must comply with the Produce Safety Rule

Produce Safety

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Site Selection

Choosing a safe and suitable farm site is just as important to human health as it is to the health of your crop.
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Worker Health & Hygiene

Farm workers are the backbone of Washington agriculture, but they can also be a direct source of contamination.
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Preharvest Agricultural Water

Water used in irrigation, fertigation, and crop spray application must be managed so that it is not a source of contamination.
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Soil Amendments

Soil amendments can be a great source of nutrients, but they can also pose a food safety risk if they aren’t properly managed.
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Wildlife & Domesticated Animals

Both wildlife and domesticated animals may be sources of contamination for the produce you’re growing on your farm.
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Postharvest Water

The water used for washing hands, equipment, and produce poses a risk of contamination if there is not a system to manage it.
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Cleaning & Sanitation

Using proper cleaning and sanitation practices keeps produce safe.
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Packinghouse Management

The risk of contamination by dangerous bacteria doesn't end when produce is harvested.
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Traceability & Transport

As your operation grows, tracing produce—from where it was grown to where it was sold—becomes increasingly important.
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Recordkeeping

Documentation is a must when it comes to effectively managing your farm’s food safety program.