Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule: Worker Health, Hygiene and Training

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The Produce Safety Rule (PSR) is one of the seven food safety regulations that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The PSR sets a series of standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce grown for human consumption: 21 Code of Federal Regulations Part 112 ( Similar to the other FSMA rules, the PSR aims to be proactive rather than reactive by focusing on high risk practices and identification of hazards within individual operations. For example, there are no requirements for uncontrollable factors, such as number of wildlife allowed in fields. Instead, the PSR mandates covered produce not be harvested when contaminated by feces (e.g., bird dropping on a tomato intended for fresh market). Standards are set for: agricultural water; biological soil amendments; sprouts; wildlife and domesticated animals; worker health, hygiene, and training; equipment, tools, and buildings; among others. Here, we describe the PSR standards for worker health, hygiene and training.

Theresa Pittman
Amber D. Vallotton
Rachel Pfuntner
Laura K. Strawn
Virginia Cooperative Extension