Food Safety Modernization Act - Produce Safety Rule

Learn the details and find educational resources on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, including videos and training opportunities that address requirements, exemptions, and deadlines of the rule.
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Updated: October 24, 2017

Food Safety Modernization Act - Produce Safety Rule

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

Produce Grower Certification Training

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.

Developing a Farm Food Safety Plan

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.

1. What is the Food Safety Modernization Act?

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.

2. Which Rule Covers my Produce or Food Products?

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.

3. Am I Eligible for Exemptions?

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.

4. What is my Deadline to Comply?

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.

FDA Produce Safety Rule Information Site

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.

Produce Safety Alliance

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

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.

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