The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is reminding Minnesota producers of new on-farm inspections that are required.
According to a release from the MDA, on-farm inspections are required under the Produce Safety Rule, part of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
According to the MDA release, “Minnesota produce growers are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire that will aid the MDA in determining how the rule applies to their farm. The questionnaire is available online. This questionnaire is optional, but farmers who opt out will be contacted by the MDA via email, phone, or in person to identify their farm status and inspection requirements under the rule.” The MDA requires “fruit and vegetable farmers that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Produce Safety Rule are required to have one person attend a standardized food safety training.”
For more information contact the MDA’s Produce Safety Program at 651-539-3648.