The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), under an agreement with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is currently building a Produce Safety Program to promote understanding of the new Produce Safety Rule. The FDA established these new minimum standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce grown for human consumption as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Just beginning to learn about the Produce Safety Rule? Here are some good starting points:
- Learn where your farm falls under the Produce Safety Rule - check out the Coverage and Exemptions/Exclusions flowchart from the FDA or FSMA and the Produce Safety Rule: does the rule apply to me?, a document created by our educational partners at the University of Minnesota Extension. Farms may fall under one of three categories (covered, qualified exempt, or excluded), with different requirements for each category. Where your farm falls depends on who you sell to, what products you sell, and how much you sell.
- Take a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training class. This class is required for farms that are covered under the rule. All growers, including those that may be excluded from the full rule and any others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend. To view upcoming trainings please visit our online registration portal or to be notified when new trainings become available please contact us at ProduceSafety.MDA@state.mn.us or (651) 539-3648.
Have more questions about what the Produce Safety Rule means for you? We want to hear from you! Our team includes a mix of inspectors, outreach staff, analysts, and project specialists. We are all here to support understanding and compliance with the requirements of the Rule. Give us a call at (651) 539-3648 or send us an email at ProduceSafety.MDA@state.mn.us with any questions you might have.
Upcoming Grower Trainings
To learn more about FSMA Grower Trainings visit our FSMA Grower Training page or visit our Online Registration Portal to view and register for upcoming trainings. To be notified when new trainings become available please contact us at ProduceSafety.MDA@state.mn.us.
|Training Date||Training Location|
|11/09/2018||Bemidji, MN at Beltrami Electric Coop|
|11/14/2018||Windom, MN at Windom Community Center|
|11/28/2018||Morris, MN at University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office|
|12/05/2018||Hutchinson, MN at Days Inn and Suites|
|12/12/2018||Brooklyn Park, MN at North Hennepin Community College|
|12/17/2018||St. Paul, MN at Minnesota Farmers Union|
|01/09/2019||St. Cloud, MN at Rivers Edge Convention Center * Before the Minnesota Organics Conference|
|01/16/2019||St. Cloud, MN at Rivers Edge Convention Center * Before the Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference|
|01/23/2019||Mankato, MN at Country Inn and Suites|
|01/25/2019||Cloquet, MN at Cloquet Forestry Center|
|02/06/2019||St. Charles, MN at St. Charles City Hall|
|02/20/2019||Andover, MN at Bunker Hills Activity Center|
|03/13/2019||Moorhead, MN at Hjemkomst Center|
|03/20/2019||Farmington, MN at University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office|
- FDA recently announced Equivalent Testing Methodologies for Agriculture Water. FDA has determined that the following methods are "scientifically valid" and "at least equivalent to the method of analysis in § 112.151(a) in accuracy, precision, and sensitivity".
- Guidance for industry: Standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption: what you need to know about the FDA regulation - small entity compliance guide.
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