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On-Farm Food Safety and FSMA
Approximately 6,000 produce growers in the United States will have to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act's (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule beginning January 26, 2018, says the American Farm Bureau Federation. Produce growers with $500,000 or more in revenue are the first who must comply. Small farms with sales between $250,000 and $500,000 come under compliance in January 2019. Very small farms, with sales greater than $25,000 but less than $250,000 will be regulated beginning in January 2020. The rule addresses worker health and hygiene, biological soil amendments, worker training, animal contamination, and equipment. Implementation of the agricultural water provisions of the rule has been delayed until 2022. In 2018, states and organizations will continue their training and education efforts regarding FSMA. An On-Farm Readiness Review tool has been developed to aid trainers in helping farmers prepare for compliance.
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