Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - Produce Safety Rule, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established science-based minimum standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and sprouts.
Learn more about the Produce Safety Rule through the following resources from Penn State Extension.
Training and Certification Opportunities
Fruit and vegetable growers will learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety.
This course is designed to assist growers who are writing a USDA Harmonized GAP food safety plan.
Video Series - Learn How FSMA Affects You
In this video series, you will learn what the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is and whether your farm or food business may be affected by it.
This video introduces you to the Food Safety Modernization Act. We’ll discuss which two of the seven FSMA rules have the most impact on farms, food processors and packing operations.
This video focuses on the Produce Safety and the Preventive Controls for Human Foods rules, and will help you determine whether your produce crops or food products are covered under either rule, or possibly both.
This video will help you determine whether you are eligible for any exemptions under the Produce Safety and/or Preventive Controls for Human Foods rules.
This video will outline the deadlines the FDA has established for compliance with FSMA regulations. We’ll also offer resources for training opportunities and for learning more about what compliance means for you.
Additional Resources for the Produce Industry
Find additional details on the Produce Safety Rule from our Industry partners.
Visit FDA's Produce Safety Rule website for the full text of the rule, key requirements, available exemptions, variances, compliance dates, and supplementary guidance documents as they become available.
The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) is a collaboration between Cornell University, FDA, and USDA to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the United States Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Visit their website for developments on the Produce Safety Rule and to sign up for their e-newsletter.
The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) is a collaboration among the 12 states and District of Columbia that make up the Northeast region, which aims to jointly advance understanding and practice of improved food safety among the region's small and medium sized produce growers and processors.