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Produce Safety Rule (Food Safety Modernization Act)

Final Produce Safety Rule

Added August/July 2019

Added June 2019

Added February 2019

Added October 2018

About the rule - Resources updated August, 2018

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.

Biological Soil Amendments

Compliance Dates

Enforcement Discretion for the Requirements of the Produce Safety Rule

The FDA announced that it intends to exercise enforcement discretion for the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule as they apply to entities growing, harvesting, packing, and holding wine grapes, hops, pulses, and almonds. (FDA, March 28, 2019)

Fact Sheets - Final Rule

 Farm Food Safety Plan Resources

Food Safety Plan Templates

Produce Safety Alliance 

From the website:  The Produce Safety Alliance 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January 19, 2017: FDA Announces Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations Comply with Produce Safety Rule