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The Produce Safety Rule under the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, is now in effect. The rule focuses on regulatory standards for the production, harvest, and handling of fruits and vegetables, in an effort to prevent microbial contamination and reduce foodborne illnesses associated with fresh produce.
Refer to the Food and Drug Administration’s Standards for Produce Safety Exemptions/Inclusions worksheet to figure out if your farm/operation is covered under the rule.
Use our exemption decision tool below to assist in figuring out if your farm/operation is eligible for total exemption or qualified exemptions. Please be aware that if you are eligible for qualified exemptions, you still need to maintain the appropriate paperwork that is required under an exemption status.
Refer here for a video from the Produce Safety Alliance on what exempt farmer’s should know about the Produce Safety Rule.
“Education before and while Regulation” is the motto that the FDA and cooperating states have adopted. The Produce Safety Rule requires that at least one individual from every covered farm receive training under a FDA recognized curriculum. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training course satisfies that requirement. This course is collaboration between Cornell University, FDA and USDA to prepare produce growers in meeting the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA. This training is divided into several parts:
The Delaware Department of Agriculture, is partnership with University of Delaware Extension, are performing On-Farm Readiness Reviews. On-Farm Readiness Reviews are voluntary, free, non-regulatory, on-farm assessments designed to help the grower gauge their readiness for the Produce Safety Rule prior to an inspection. If you are interested in an On-Farm Readiness Review please contact: DE.ProduceSafety@state.de.us
As part of the Produce Safety Rule, the Delaware Department of Agriculture is required to collect aggregate data on farms. By completing this survey, your responses will enable us to establish a farm inventory and determine the number of farms that are covered under the Produce Safety Rule.
In an effort to assist the grower in implementation of the Produce Safety Rule on their farm, the Produce Safety Alliance has put together a Records Required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Fact Sheet. Click here to download the FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Templates for PSR records.