California Department of Food and Agriculture

CDFA Produce Safety Program

The California Produce Safety Program is a unit operating under the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Inspection Services Division.

The goal of the Produce Safety Program is to ensure that California produce farmers understand how to comply with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Announcements

New!   On July 18, 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced proposed compliance date requirements for Subpart E (Agricultural Water) of the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). Please navigate to the Implement page on this web site to find further information on the agricultural water provisions.

  • FDA policy to exercise enforcement discretion for harvest and post-harvest agricultural water requirements is scheduled to end on January 26, 2023 for large business class size farms with additional years for other business class size farms. As with the initial inspections, during the first year of compliance a posture of “educate before and while we regulate” will be used.
  • FDA proposed compliance dates for pre-harvest agricultural water requirements (sometimes called production water) are dependent on the final publication date of proposed revisions to the agricultural water requirements. Compliance is proposed to begin 9 months after the effective date for large business size class farms, with additional years for other business class size farms.
1

Educate

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is committed to educating California produce farmers on how to follow the Produce Safety Rule >>

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Implement

All required food safety practices under the Produce Safety Rule must be followed on California produce farms >>

3

Regulate

The Produce Safety Rule is now mandatory. Any produce farm found to be out of compliance may be subject to regulatory action >>

Bringing California produce farms into compliance with FDA's Produce Safety Rule.