Produce Safety Rule Resources
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Resources to support your learning about produce safety and the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA.
- Preventive Controls for Human Foods Qualified Individual Training Courses
- Produce Safety Alliance – Upcoming Grower Training
- Cleaning Food Contact Surfaces on Farms
- Labeled Sanitizers for Produce – Excel Tool
- Video Tutorial: How to Use the Labeled Sanitizers for Produce – Excel Tool
- Establishing a Lot through Sanitation Clean Breaks in Produce Packing Facilities
- United Fresh—Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry
- End of Season Cleaning Checklist
- CSU Cleaning Food Contact Surfaces Fact Sheet
Resources exploring key legal questions associated with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, including:
- Produce Safety Rule Inspections and Third Party Audits
- Produce Farms, Foodborne Illness and Legal Liability
- FSMA PSR Coverage and Exemptions for Farms with Multiple Business Entities
- FSMA Supply Chain Program Requirements for Processors and their Produce Suppliers
- Additional resources can be found here. Developed by the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety at the University of Vermont and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School.
- FDA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide — a document intended to assist small entities in complying with the rule set forth in 21 CFR Part 112 concerning Produce Safety. FDA’s guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe FDA’s current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in FDA guidances means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.
- Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
- Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce
Dropped covered produce is a term that is unique to the Produce Safety Rule and refers to covered produce that drops to the ground before harvest. Dropped covered produce does not include:
• root crops that grow underground (such as carrots);
• crops that grow on the ground (such as cantaloupe); or
• produce that is intentionally dropped to the ground as part of harvesting (such as walnuts).
For more information and examples, consult this FDA factsheet.