The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its Frequently Asked Questions on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to include additional questions and answers related to the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (Produce Safety Rule).

The Produce Safety Rule was finalized in 2015, establishing for the first-time science-and risk-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables. Since that date, the FDA has been working to provide farms with information and training to help them comply with the rule’s requirements. In October 2018, the agency published a draft guidance to further support compliance with and implementation of the rule and made available at-a-glance overviews. Agency officials say the updated FAQ includes responses to many common questions received through the FSMA Technical Assistance Network (TAN). If you have additional questions, they can be submitted through the FSMA TAN.

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