The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to write new regulations that establish standards for produce safety (Produce Rule). In its proposed Produce Rule, FDA has detailed new standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption. These standards are not final and FDA is requesting comments from the public before finalizing the produce standards.
The proposed Produce Rule sets forth new standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce. The standards apply to fruits and vegetables normally consumed raw, such as apples, carrots, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. The proposed Produce Rule does not apply to produce rarely consumed raw (such as winter squash) or produce grown for personal consumption.
The proposed Produce Rule establishes standards for:
Accompanying these standards are certain recordkeeping requirements that document adherence to the standards, including for training, agricultural water, biological soil amendments of animal origin, and sprouts.
Check out our Who Is Affected? guidance to help you determine if you may be affected by these proposed rules.
Some key issues with the proposed rule center around:
Get more information on these issues and how they might impact farmers on the Learn About the Issues page. Further guidance that goes into greater detail on all of these issues will be available soon.
They aren’t exactly beach vacation reading, but if you think you may be affected it is in your best interest to read and analyze them yourself! Farmers and processors who have a direct stake in these rules need to read them and start asking questions about what they might mean for their businesses.
We need your help! Everyone – farmers, processors, and consumers – can and should comment on this rule! Learn more about how to comment and speak out today!