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Produce Safety Inspections

The first major compliance date for large farms subject to the Produce Safety Rule, other than sprout operations, arrived on January 26, 2018 (Large farms sell an average of more than $500,000 a year in produce). However, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., conveyed in a previous announcement that routine inspections associated with the rule would not begin until Spring 2019.  This action was intended to allow FDA and its state partners to provide additional opportunities for education and outreach, such as through the On-Farm Readiness Reviewdisclaimer icon program. 

FDA plans to begin routine inspections of large farms other than sprouts operations subject to the Produce Safety rule, including large produce farms in other countries, in Spring 2019. States receiving Competition A/B funding as part of the State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program should also use spring 2019 as their starting dates for inspections of large produce farms.

FDA intends to begin routine Foreign Supplier Verification Programs inspections of importers of produce from large farms in other countries in Fall 2019.

Routine inspections of small farms, other than sprouts operations, subject to the Produce Safety Rule, for which the compliance date arrived on January 28, 2019, will begin in Spring 2020. (Small farms, on a rolling basis, have sold an average of more than $250,000 but not more than $500,000 a year in produce over the past three years.)

We appreciate the close collaboration with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and our state partners as we approach this important milestone in our produce regulatory program.

In FDA Voices, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Melinda Plaisier, MSW, and Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas, MPH, explain what FDA has been doing to support stakeholders’ work to comply with this rule. Below are a variety of resources to help prepare farmers and regulators for the start of inspections.