Regulations The Food Safety Modernization Act and other regulations provide clear guidelines to help ensure the quality and safety of the US food supply.
FDA Releases Draft Guidance Document for the Produce Safety Rule

FDA Releases Draft Guidance Document for the Produce Safety Rule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The FDA has released draft guidance for farms which must comply with the Produce Safety Rule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

Farm produceThe Produce Safety Rule is a new regulation that covers the minimum food safety standards for growing, harvesting and packing produce on farms.

These new safety standards include requirements for agricultural water quality, employee health and hygiene, wildlife and domesticated animals, and soil amendments, as well as equipment, tools, and buildings.

One of the most frequently asked questions about the Produce Safety Rule is “do I have to be compliant?” The resources below will help you learn more about this rule and provide information on exclusions and exemptions, compliance timelines, and key requirements for compliance.

Resources

Upcoming Compliance Dates

For covered activities, other than those involving sprouts (which have additional requirements and earlier compliance dates):

  • January 26, 2018: Covered farms for which, on a rolling basis, the average annual monetary value of produce the farm sold during the previous 3-year period is more than $500,000.
  • January 28, 2019: Covered farms for which, on a rolling basis, the average annual monetary value of produce the farm sold during the previous 3-year period is more than $250,000 but not more than $500,000 (small businesses).
  • January 27, 2020: Covered farms for which, on a rolling basis, the average annual monetary value of produce the farm sold during the previous 3-year period is more than $25,000 but no more than $250,000 (very small businesses).

Code of Federal Regulations

A tablet on top of notebooksThe Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) houses the statutes that comprise the Food Safety Modernization Act and other federal laws.

Although it can be a daunting document, we’ve broken the CFR out by sections and included links that present the information in digestible chunks.

Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption

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