Produce Safety

Michigan’s Produce Safety Risk Assessments are designed for direct market fruits and vegetable producers. It is a voluntary and confidential produce safety program that provides confidence that inspected practices are consistent with the current U.S. Food and Drug Administration Produce Safety Rule as well as provide recognition with a certificate of completion. 

 

FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act): The Produce Safety Rule is part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that was passed by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011. This regulation focuses on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for the production, harvest, and handling of fruits and vegetables, in an effort to prevent microbial contamination and reduce food-borne illnesses associated with fresh produce. The Produce Safety Rule was made available publicly on November 13, 2015 and was published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2015.

Focuses on:

-Worker health, hygiene, and training

-Agricultural water, both for production and post-harvest uses

-Biological soil amendments (e.g., compost, manure)

-Domesticated and wild animals

-Equipment, tools, buildings, and sanitation

-Production of sprouts*

 

 

 

Emily Hale, our Produce Safety Technician, serves Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Her goal is to enhance grower awareness and adoption of safe food management practices.

You can contact Emily at our Kimball office (St. Clair County) by calling (810) 984-3865 x5 or sending her an email at emily.hale@macd.org