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Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule

A woman and girl shop for produce at a standThe Preventative Controls for Human Foods Rule ensures that reasonable measures and precautions are taken to minimize the risk of food contamination.

The rule covers many topics, including personnel, equipment, buildings, sanitary facilities, and food safety plans.

It is important that you and your employees understand these best practices for keeping our food supply safe.


Upcoming Compliance Deadlines

  • September 18, 2017: Small businesses (businesses with fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees)
  • September 17, 2018: Very small businesses (businesses averaging less than $1 million per year (adjusted for inflation) in annual sales of human food plus the market value of human food manufactured, processed, packed, or held without sale)
  • September 17, 2018:      Facilities subject to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (for their Grade “A” milk and milk products; compliance date was extended to allow time for changes to the PMO to incorporate the requirements of this preventive controls rule)
  • All other businesses (also known as “large” businesses) were required to be in compliance on September 19, 2016.