Produce Safety Resources

The resource headlines which begin with "Subpart" specifically related to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule subparts. However, even if your farm is not covered under the Produce Safety Rule, you will still find these resources very useful to grow produce safety, increase efficiency, and improve work flow on your farm.

Is your farm exempt from the FSMA Produce Safety Rule?

Enroll in the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets' Vermont Produce Portal today!

We encourage all Vermont farms that grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce to enroll in the Vermont Produce Portal. After enrolling, Produce Program staff will help you determine whether your farm is covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and understand your farm's requirements. You will also be able to access the following resources:

  1. The opportunity to request an On-Farm Readiness Review
  2. Early registration for Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings in Vermont
  3. Eligibility for Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grants to help pay for on-farm improvements
  4. Policy and news updates on produce safety resources and requirements

You may also use the resources below to help determine whether your farm is subject to the Produce Safety Rule:

University of Vermont Produce Safety Portal  

If you are a vegetable producer, retailer, distributor, service provider, or regulator, you will find information on the Produce Safety Portal to help you better understand produce safety issues. The University of Vermont Extension Produce Portal is a one-stop site for you to access essential information as well as contribute to a curated repository of produce safety and related resources.

By searching the Portal, you can identify useful materials and follow links directly to the sources of that information. The resources in the Portal (e.g. fact sheets, case studies, photos, and much more) have been contributed by many different people in the farming community in Vermont and beyond. Resources can be added by approved account members and are reviewed by site moderators.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requires that "at least one supervisor or responsible party" from every farm covered under the rule "complete food safety training recognized as adequate by the FDA (21 C.F.R. §112.22(c)). The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course satisfies this requirement. Find Upcoming Grower Trainings.

Resources by Produce Safety Rule Subpart
Subpart D - Health and Hygiene
Subpart E - Agricultural Water
Subpart F - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin (BSAAO)
Subpart I - Domesticated and Wild Animals
Subpart K - Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding Activities
  • Stay tuned.
Subpart L - Equipment, Tools, Buildings, and Sanitation
Produce Safety Pack Shed Design & Construction Videos

Check out these videos produced by UVM’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture on pack shed design and construction. They star Vermont farmers and offer tips for operations of all sizes and styles. The Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and USDA Risk Management Agency provided funding for this project.

Additional Resources at UVM Extension
Regional & National Resources
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops including fruits and vegetables, honey, maple, hops, Christmas trees and nursery crops.

VVBGA Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS)

Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS) is a program of the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (VVBGA).  CAPS is a voluntary, practical approach to documenting the use of practices that reduce food safety risks on farms that grow fresh produce. CAPS is a food safety market access program that can be used in lieu of GAP for participating retailers.

Partners

Agency staff also work closely with the Center for Sustainable AgricultureUniversity of Vermont Extensionthe Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (VVBGA), and the Vermont Department of Health, among other state partners, on produce safety issues and FSMA implementation.

Contact

If you are a producer, educator, buyer, distributor, or consumer with questions or concerns about FSMA or produce safety, we want to hear from you! Email AGR.FSMA@vermont.gov or call (802) 828-2433.

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

Vermont Produce Program

AGR.FSMA@vermont.gov
(802) 828-2433

Funding for development of this program was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government. 

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