This article is intended to enhance understanding of what is written in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) about agricultural water used during harvest and postharvest activities. More information is coming from FDA on the topic of agricultural water, including regulatory guidance for agricultural water use and final requirements for pre-harvest agricultural water. This article summarizes agricultural water requirements including key terms and phrases marked in bold; some may be new to you so now is a good time to learn them. The main points of this article are:
- Understand when water meets the definition of agricultural water.
- Understand compliance dates and quality requirements for agricultural water used during harvest and postharvest activities.
- Describe the quantitative water quality requirement. What it is, how many samples you need, and what resources are out there to help you implement practices.
- Know your options when agricultural water quality does not meet standards for harvest/postharvest use.