Produce safety rule exemptions and exclusions for Washington produce growers
The Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule, was developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide food safety standards for fresh produce from the field through packing and holding. This is just one regulation that was developed through passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act and aims to reduce the overall burden of foodborne illness in the United States. The full text of the regulation can be found in the Code of Federal regulations in Title 21, Part 112 (U.S. FDA 2019c; Cornell Law School n.d.). It is important for Washington State food producers to know the new regulation and its requirements, even for farms which may fall under one of the exemptions. This publication covers the two categories that Washington growers may fall into if their farm does not have to comply with the full PSR requirements, these are farms which are excluded from all requirements of the PSR and farms which are exempt from certain requirements of the PSR.