FSMA Produce Safety Rule Water Requirements: Insights to Get You Organized! Focus on Harvest and Postharvest Uses (Version 2)

Added by Don Stoeckel • Last updated December 20, 2023
Author: Don Stoeckel, Ph.D., Donna Clements, M.S., Connie Fisk, Ph.D., Gretchen Wall, M.S., Elizabeth A. Bihn, Ph.D
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR), Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Ag Water (Postharvest), Food Safety Plans
Language: English, Spanish

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.

 


 


Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Website
Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated October 12, 2022
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans
Socrates Trujillo - US FDA
Added by Socrates Trujillo • Last updated February 11, 2020
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: MD
Lynn Nakamura-tengan - University of Hawaii at Manoa
Added by Lynn Nakamura-Tengan • Last updated February 11, 2020
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: HI