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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.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is working to develop a Produce Safety Program that will provide education on meeting the rule. NDA plans to:

  1. Develop a Grower Inventory - The key components of the grant awarded to NDA from FDA require that each state maintains a current grower inventory. Complete the inventory questions.
  2. Provide training on the PSR: Nebraska Extension Educators along with NDA staff will be offering Produce Safety Alliance training. These trainings will give you the knowledge you need to be compliant. Information on Produce Safety Alliance Training, Nov. 3 in Grand Island. View upcoming training dates and locations.
  3. Conduct On-Farm Readiness Reviews: NDA staff will come to your farm and review your general practices, offer tips and provide resources to help you reach full compliance.

Since NDA is required to have all growers listed in the inventory, we are requesting that all produce growers complete the inventory questions.

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.

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 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.

Training Dates
Learn what is expected of your farm! Produce Safety Alliance Training (required for all covered farms) will take place Nov. 3, 2017, in Grand Island. Registration is $15. Please email us (agr.produce.safety@nebraska.gov) if you are interested in attending. Sign up now! Limited to 50 attendees.

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.