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Inspections for the Produce Safety Rule are coming in March of 2019!  Have you had training and are you ready for this inspection?  The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is offering free and voluntary On-Farm-Readiness-Reviews to help ensure our Alabama growers are ready for inspection. For more information about the Produce Safety Rule or to sign up for a readiness review, visit the ADAI website or contact Jean Weese at or 334-844-3269.

The Food Safety Modernization Act – Produce Safety Rule (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011. It sets new standards for food handling across the entire food chain with rules for businesses ranging from farms and food processors to food shippers, importers, retailers, and others. It is the first federal food safety law that includes specific rules for produce farms.

FSMA represents a change in the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approach to ensuring a safe U.S. food supply. Rather than reacting to instances of food borne illness or contamination, FSMA shifts the focus toward preventing contamination in food. All farms regardless of size, location, or commodity grown, can reduce food safety risk. 

The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) is working with FDA through a cooperative agreement to advance efforts for a nationally integrated food safety system.  ADAI will achieve this through the education and outreach, planning and implementing our Produce Safety Program to encourage the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables.  ADAI will work to promote understanding and compliance with the requirements of FDA's "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption" (commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule).


Jean Weese,

Professor and Extension Specialist

Associate Director, Food Systems Institute


Kristin Woods

Produce Safety Alliance


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