Food Safety Modernization Act/Produce Safety Rule
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA or Produce Safety Rule) was signed into law in 2011 to reduce incidences of contamination in the United States. Lessons learned from previous produce safety outbreaks inspired this effort to prevent future occurrences.
DFI partners with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to train and provide educational resources for farmers in anticipation of enforcement of FSMA in 2019 and upcoming years. DFI and NDA offer on-farm readiness reviews in which farms can voluntarily request an informal visit to review Produce Safety Rule requirements.
Check to see if your farm is covered or exempt from FSMA using this link.
If you are new to the requirements outlined in FSMA, check out these informational sheets to get the ball rolling: FSMA FAQs – Nevada Department of Agriculture.
GAP v. FSMA?
Wondering how GAP and FSMA are related? Here is an article that provides an overview. If you are GAP certified, you are already ahead of the game in preventing produce contamination!
Creating a Food Safety Plan for Your Farm
Food safety planning can be overwhelming at the outset, but there are many helpful links and guidance documents available from the Produce Safety Alliance to assist growers.
We just completed an update of DFI’s Food Safety Plan that can be used as a reference by area growers. Our plan is intended to meet GAP and FSMA requirements – it includes specific procedures and a streamlined record keeping system.
DFI also put together this Food Safety Planning Questionnaire to assist Nevada growers in drafting their own plan. Let us know if you need help – we offer free consultations! Contact Jill Moe at email@example.com .
Produce Safety Training
The Produce Safety Alliance lists all FSMA trainings offered in Nevada and around the US. The Nevada Department of Agriculture provides training information specific to our state.
Interested in produce safety on organic operations?
This ATTRA publication summarizes Produce Safety Rule requirements and National Organic Program standards and how producers can efficiently meet both. Nevada’s organic certifier, Basin and Range Organics, and DFI are available to help with questions.