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Here are resources to support your learning about produce safety and the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA.



Food safety training opportunities:

  1. Preventive Controls for Human Foods Qualified Individual Training Courses
  2. Produce Safety Alliance – Upcoming Grower Training
    • Online grower training course
    • Remote delivery course
    • In-person training, hosted in locations throughout Colorado (please check our calendar as these trainings will resume in the late summer or fall 2021)


Commodity-specific Produce Safety Rule information:

  1. Tree fruit (English, Spanish)
  2. Onions (English, Spanish)
  3. Chiles (English, Spanish)
  4. Sprouts, Microgreens and Leafy Greens (English)

**All covered produce – Produce Safety Rule information (English)


Cleaning and Sanitation:

  1. Cleaning Food Contact Surfaces on Farms
  2. Labeled Sanitizers for Produce – Excel Tool
  3. Video Tutorial: How to Use the Labeled Sanitizers for Produce – Excel Tool
  4. Establishing a Lot through Sanitation Clean Breaks in Produce Packing Facilities
  5. United Fresh—Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh  Produce Industry
  6. End of Season Cleaning Checklist


Recordkeeping resources, from Produce Safety Alliance:

  1. Produce Safety Rule, Required Records
  2. Recordkeeping Templates


Produce Safety Rule Legal Resources:

Resources exploring key legal questions associated with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, including:


FDA draft and final guidance documents:


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 Reviews (OFRRs):


Produce Safety Guide: