The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the Produce Safety Rule that establishes 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).
Under an agreement with the FDA, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is in the process of building a Produce Safety Program to promote understanding of the FDA's Produce Safety Rule.
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. The MDA Produce Safety Program is being developed 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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