CDFA Mails PSR Questionnaires to Smaller Produce Farms
As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule process, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has mailed educational letters and questionnaires to small and very small produce farms in the state. Growers who receive these materials are encouraged to review the information and complete the questionnaire, which is designed to determine whether a farm’s annual sales qualify the farm for PSR exemption. The forms must be returned to the CDFA by August 31.
Currently, PSR inspections are underway for large produce farms (those with average annual sales of $500,000 or greater during the previous three years). Small farms (those with average annual sales of $250,000 - $500,000 during the previous three years) are now expected to be in compliance and inspections begin January 2020. Very small farms (those with average annual sales of $25,000 - $250,000 during the previous three years) must be in compliance by January 2020, with inspections slated to begin in January 2021.
It is important to note that any farm not in compliance with the PSR may face economic, regulatory and legal consequences.