FSMA – Water

FSMA Agricultural Water Information

FSMA defines agricultural water used on produce farms into two main categories: 1) water used during growing of crops (growing/production activities) and 2) water used during harvest, postharvest, and hand washing.

At this point in time FDA is trying to finalize the details and guidance documents on what farms have to do about testing water. What’s clear is that no water testing or samples need to be taken for FSMA until 2020. Please go about the routine water testing that you already do, but note that you do not need to do any water testing specific to FSMA until 2020. We will post more information about water specifics as it becomes available.

Read the FDA’s press release on water review here. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition provides more details on the water standard review here.

Updated 4/19/17.

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