Here are resources to support your learning about produce safety and the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA.
- Worker Health, Hygiene & Safety Training
- Agricultural Production Water
- Postharvest Water
- Wildlife Management and Damage Mitigation
- On-Farm Food Safety Planning
Food safety training opportunities:
- Preventive Controls for Human Foods Qualified Individual Training Courses
- Produce Safety Alliance – Upcoming Grower Training
- Labeled Sanitizers for Produce – Excel Tool
- Video Tutorial: How to Use the Labeled Sanitizers for Produce – Excel Tool
- United Fresh—Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry
Recordkeeping resources, from Produce Safety Alliance:
FDA draft and final guidance documents:
- 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
Understanding Dropped Covered 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.
On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR):