All required food safety practices included under FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule must be followed on California produce farms.

Required practices fall into the following categories:

  • Personnel Qualifications and Training
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Biological Soil Amendments
  • Domesticated and Wild Animals
  • Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding Activities
  • Equipment Tools, Building and Sanitation
  • Records
  • Agricultural Water (under enforcement discretion during proposed revision rulemaking process)

Information on the Agricultural Water Provisions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of revising the agricultural water provisions in the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption rule. FDA announced implementation of a policy of enforcement discretion and also to propose extension of compliance dates during the revision process. The agricultural water provisions are being revised due to concerns about the practical implementation of compliance with certain provisions. FDA is working to further reduce the regulatory burden and increase flexibility while continuing to achieve regulatory objectives, in keeping with the Administration's policies. For more information, please see the following:

On December 6, 2021, the FDA initiated a 120-day comment period on the proposed revision, which will be followed by the FDA rulemaking process. A new tool, the Agricultural Water Assessment Builder, was released by FDA to help farms understand the proposed requirements. Comments were submitted to the Federal Register until April 05, 2022, where nearly 200 stakeholder comments may be viewed including those submitted by CDFA.

Resources to Understand Required Practices: