Regulations for Produce

FDA Materials

Information on all of the Food Safety Modernization act (FSMA) rules can be found on the FDA website.

You can learn about some of the issues farmers are concerned about regarding the rules by reading the discussions of problematic proposals on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s website.


CAFF Commentary on Key Issues


Daniel Cohen’s Analysis


National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Commentary on Key Issues


Produce Rule issues include:


Preventive Controls Rule issues include:


Other organizations with information about FSMA:



Farmers ask FDA about aspects of food-safety rules, Christine Souza, April 17, 2013

Will the FDA’s new food safety rules hurt small farmers?,  Twilight Greenaway, October 1, 2013

Don’t let the FSMA burden family farmers, Dave Runsten and Brian Snyder, October 3, 2013

NSAC’s press release about FSMA, Ariane Lotti, October 3, 2013

FDA’s Culture of Fear Threatens Food Safety, Brian Snyder, October 14, 2013


Other Resources

Domestic Facility Risk Categorization (FY 2012):  This website defines what a facility is for FDA regulatory purposes.  Facilities are subject to a different set of rules than non-facilities. Farms themselves are not facilities, but a farm could contain a facility.

Sprouts Safety Alliance (FDA): This website describes the FDA collaboration for food safety in sprouts.

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