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Produce Safety Rule (Food Safety Modernization Act)

Compliance Dates

Fact Sheets - Final Rule

Final Produce Safety Rule

Agricultural Water 

Agricultural Water and Soil Amendment Framework Documents

The Western Center for Food Safety was asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to facilitate the development of research protocols for scientific studies that evaluate the persistence of foodborne pathogens in the environment and on the edible portions of fresh produce following:

  • application of potentially contaminated untreated soil amendments of animal origin to land used to grow fresh produce or
  • application of potentially contaminated agricultural water applied to the edible portion of the crop

The Agricultural Water and Soil Amendment framework documents were developed by two committees through a series of webinars, e-mail communication and a workshop that was held in Davis, CA in October 2011. Additional academic, government and industry food safety experts reviewed the draft documents prior to submission to the Journal of Food Protection.


  • Colorado State University Extension  Narrated modules on developing a farm food safety plan and other FSMA Produce Rule resources.
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers  Factsheet Series on the Intersection of Organic (USDA NOP) and Food Safety (FDA FSMA) Regulations 
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition  (PDF 1.6 MB) Flowchart to determine whether farms or small food processors are affected by the Produce Rule or Preventive Controls Rule for Human Food.
  • Produce Safety Alliance  From the website:  The PSA is developing a nationwide curriculum to increase understanding of the principles of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and to facilitate the implementation of food safety practices on fresh fruit and vegetable farms and in packinghouses.


January 19, 2017: FDA Announces Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations Comply with Produce Safety Rule

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