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Produce Safety Program

Produce Safety Rule Decision TreeIn 2011, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to better protect public health by helping to ensure food safety at each step of production. The goal was not to just contain food-borne outbreaks, but prevent them from occurring in the first place. As of Jan. 26, 2016, the PSR is in effect and certain farms must be compliant within a few years of this date.

What is the new rule and what does it mean to be covered by it?
The FDA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) is part of FSMA and focuses on science-based minimum standards for safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.

To determine whether or not your farm is covered by this new rule, review the Produce Safety Rule Decision Tree.

Produce Safety Rule Decision TreeProduce Safety Rule Decision Tree
To determine where your farm falls under the Produce Safety Rule, use FDA's decision tree, a step-by-step guide on coverages/exemptions to the PSR. View NDA's breakdown of the decision tree.

Inventory Questionnaire
Register with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture by completing our Produce Grower Inventory Questionnaire.

Nebraska Produce Safety Label Campaign
Produce Safety LabelNDA is encouraging growers to participate in the state’s Produce Safety Program – no matter the size of the farm. Our label campaign for growers are a great way to show commitment to produce safety.

Compliance Dates
As of Jan. 26, 2016, the PSR is in effect. The compliance dates vary with farm size:

Large business: Earns more than $500,000 in average annual produce sales during the previous three-year period. Compliance by Jan. 26, 2018.*

Small business: Earns more than $250,000 but no more than $500,000 in average annual produce sales during the previous three-year period. Compliance by Jan. 28, 2019.*

Very small business: Earns more than $25,000 but no more than $250,000 in average annual produce sales during the previous three-year period. Compliance by Jan. 27, 2020.*

Labeling requirement (for qualified exemptions): Jan. 1, 2020.*

Retention of records supporting eligibility for a qualified exemption: Jan. 26, 2016.*

*Note: On September 12, 2017, FDA issued a proposed rule that, if finalized, would extend the compliance dates for all of the agricultural water provisions (for produce other than sprouts). FDA does not intend to take action to enforce the agricultural water requirements while this rulemaking is underway. Proposed Extended Compliance Date: January 26, 2024.

Training Dates
Learn what is expected of your farm! Please email us (caitlyn.andrews@nebraska.gov) if you are interested in attending a Produce Safety Alliance Training (required for all covered farms). Sign up now! Each session is limited to 50 attendees.

Produce Safety Alliance Training (required for all covered farms)
Date City Location
1/18/2019 Omaha Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Office Sign Up
2/15/2019 North Platte West Central Research and Extension Center Sign Up

Video: Produce Safety Rule Overview

Produce Safety Rule Decision TreeAdditional Resources

Contact Us
If you have questions, you can contact us by email, agr.produce.safety@nebraska.gov, or by phone, 402-471-3422.

We can help you complete the inventory questionnaire. We can also help you with the decision tree to determine if you will be covered by the rule or exempt from the rule.