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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule

The rule focuses on the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce and is very similar to the requirements of USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification. This is the first time there have been federal governmental regulations in this area. EVERY producer that is covered by FSMA will need to attend a certified one-day FSMA training (regardless if you have GAP or other certifications, have been to other trainings, etc). FSMA does NOT require a full on-farm food safety plan or an audit/inspection; rather those covered by FSMA will need to follow the food safety practices and testing required by FSMA. If there is a food borne disease outbreak associated with your farm, you will no longer be exempt from the rule. Any processing of produce beyond washing and normal harvesting (such as chopping, peeling, or roasting) would be covered by the Preventive Controls rule.

Understanding the Coverage and Exemptions

Produce Safety Rule General Information

Are there any exemptions of who will be covered by this rule?

Have a FSMA Question?

The Technical Assistance Network (TAN) is a central source of information for questions related to the FSMA Rules, programs, and implementation strategies.

Small Farm Practical Guide

Worker Training Compliance Guide

Cleaning Compliance Guide

Visitor Compliance Guide

Soil Amendment Compliance Guide

Performing a Risk Assessment

Water Requirements

Templates for Record Requirements

What are the main differences between FSMA and GAPs?

USDA GAP certification (or other food safety certifications such as Primus) are not required by governmental regulations, but may be required by a buyer. Please refer to the comparison of GAPs and FSMA. Please note that this is our current understanding of the situation.


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