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Produce safety

Ensure your grown agricultural commodities are safe for consumption

The US Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to create an integrated food safety system that can reduce foodborne illnesses. The FSMA is the most comprehensive reform of food safety laws in the United States in over 70 years.  

Produce Safety Rule

As one of seven rules created by FSMA, the Produce Safety Rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.  Key components of the Produce Safety Rule include water quality, application of biological soil amendments, health and hygiene training for farm personnel, and sanitation of equipment, tools, and buildings.

LDAF's produce safety program is designed to encourage the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables in the state, working with the LSU Agricultural Center and the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus to ensure that all produce growers in the state are informed and educated on how the Produce Safety Rule impacts them. In order to successfully implement the Produce Safety Rule in Louisiana, LDAF needs to build a complete list of produce growers in Louisiana.


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