Produce Safety Rule: Does it Apply?
Does the Produce Safety rule apply to me?
Beginning in January 2019 the Produce Safety Rule begins to go into effect.
Are you required to be in compliance? If you produce fruits and vegetables that are sold and then consumed raw (i.e lettuce, apples, etc), and you gross more than $25,000 (adjusted for inflation) per year the short answer is Yes.
Rules for when producers must be in compliance with the new regulations, including participating in specialized training and when or if they may be audited vary based on the size of the operation.
Even producers who gross less than $25,000 (3 year average) should follow basic food safety rules as a part of good farm management practices.