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.
Learn How FSMA Affects You (Video)
In this 28-minute video, you will learn what the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is and whether your farm or food business may be affected by it. Details on the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Foods rules are also covered. Watch the video >>
Understanding FSMA: The Produce Safety Rule
The Produce Safety Rule fact sheet provides a discussion of farming activities and types of produce that are covered under the rule, key requirements within the regulation, certain exemptions and modified requirements for which farms may be eligible, and deadlines for complying with the rule. Read the fact sheet >>
Produce Safety Rule Coverage and Exemption Tool
The interactive Produce Safety Rule Coverage and Exemption Tool will take you through a series of questions to determine how the rule effects you, and what you need to do to comply. Additional information and resources are provided at the end of the questionnaire to help you with next steps. Access the tool >>
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.