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:
Have more questions about what the Produce Safety Rule means for you? We want to hear from you! Our team includes a mix of outreach staff, analysts, and project specialists. Inspectors will be joining our team in summer 2018. 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.
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The MDA Produce Safety Program focuses on the safe production of fruits and vegetables in order to reduce food borne illness risk factors for consumers of Minnesota produce. Our goals as a program are to provide Minnesota produce growers:
Building the Produce Safety Program at the MDA will take five years, with work starting in the fall of 2016. An outside consulting firm guided development of our initial strategic plan in the spring of 2017. This planning work centered on meetings and interviews with stakeholder groups and farmers to get input and direction from those most affected by this rule. We are continuing to work with stakeholders as we move forward with program development.
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