Tag Archives: Produce Safety Rule

FDA Slated to Extend Compliance Dates for Agricultural Water Standards

Agricultural water can be a major conduit of pathogens that can contaminate produce. FDA’s Produce Safety Rule, implemented under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), establishes agricultural water standards.  In particular, the Produce Safety Rule sets microbial quality standards for agricultural water, including irrigation water that comes into contact with produce.  In March 2017, the … Continue Reading

FDA May Simplify Produce Safety Rule’s Agricultural Water Standards

By way of background, the Produce Safety Rule under FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act establishes two sets of criteria for microbial water quality based on the presence of generic coli, which can indicate the presence of fecal contamination. The first does not allow any detectable generic E. coli in agricultural water for certain uses, such as water … Continue Reading

FDA Releases Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations Comply with Produce Safety Rule

By way of background, the Produce Safety Rule under FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act implemented new requirements applicable to sprout operations.  Sprouts present a unique risk because the conditions under which they are typically produced are also ideal for the growth of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses.  FDA reports that between 1996 and July 2016 … Continue Reading