Standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption
The Produce Safety Rule applies to covered farms and “establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.”
However, these standards don’t apply to produce that is rarely consumed raw, produce for personal or on-farm consumption, or produce that is not a raw agricultural commodity.
Also, the main requirements involve the following:
- Microbiological standards for agricultural water and biological soil amendments of animal origin
- Monitoring and correction activities for domesticated and wild animals
- Measures for preventing the contamination of sprouts
- CGMP-like requirements for worker health and hygiene, equipment, tools, and buildings