Produce Safety The RI Produce Safety Portal is now LIVE for online registration and online submission of PSR exemption applications Visit URI’s new webpage to access free GAP/PSR record templates. These templates are free, downloadable files that provide you with the records and supporting documents to help you meet RI GAP and the Produce Safety Rule requirements.” Become GAP Certified Sign-up for the RI GAP/PSR training waitlist to find out when new training dates become available! COVID-19 Resources for RI Farmers Produce Safety Rule / RI GAP Training April 1st and 2nd PSR/GAP Training will be rescheduled to a future date to be announced Small Businesses to be inspected starting 2020! What to expect of a regulatory inspection Produce Safety Rule Coverage Determination Tool An interactive questionnaire designed to help you determine your regulatory status under the Produce Safety Rule NECAFS Resource Clearinghouse Prev Next Slide 1 Slide 2 Slide 3 Slide 4 Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7 Slide 8 What is FSMA's Produce Safety Rule? Learn About Produce Safety Planning tools: Record Keeping Planning tools: PSR Resources Planning tools: Draft a Produce Safety Plan On-Farm Readiness Review RI Water Quality Program RI Produce Safety Improvement Grants Apply for Exemption COVID-19 Resources for RI Farmers Welcome to The RI Produce Safety Portal The Division of Agriculture aims to aid growers in navigating the Produce Safety Rule. All produce farms in Rhode Island are required to register annually with the RIDEM Division of Agriculture in order to determine farm coverage or exemption. Registration with our program will allow our Produce Team to determine how the PSR applies to your farm and gives you access to in-field or remote technical assistance, per request. This information will also allow us to provide regular policy and news updates, grant and workshop opportunities and access to our RI Agricultural Water Testing Program. All Registrations and Exemption or Exclusion Applications can be submitted online through the Produce Safety Portal. Produce Safety Portal is now LIVE. Produce Safety Portal The RI DEM Produce Safety Exemption/Exclusion Factsheet was created to help you determine your regulatory status under the Produce Safety Rule. This factsheet provides a visual guide to help growers understand if your produce is covered under the Rule and if your farm may be eligible for a Qualified, or Processing Exemption. RI DEM Produce Safety Exemption/Exclusion Factsheet If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact DEM.Produce@dem.ri.gov Subscribe to our mailing list for the latest news in produce safety! Subscribe to our Mailing List Subscribe! * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Business Name Produce Safety Rule (FSMA) FAQs How many RI farms can be considered farms that may be impacted by the PSR? According to the 2012 USDA census, RI has 1243 farms. However, only about 25% or approximately 300 grow produce for human consumption. According to the census 238 RI farms grow vegetables, melons, potatoes, sweet potatoes and 136 farms grow fruit, tree nuts and berries. While this number may not be exact, it is important to reference only those farms growing produce for human food when talking about the Produce Safety Rule. How does maple syrup fit into FSMA and PSR? A product like maple syrup would need a label indicating facility, ingredient(s) and net weight - requirements of NLEA and the state. Any food safety requirements for maple syrup fall under the Preventive Controls Rule for Human Food (CFR 117). If there are any questions regarding maple syrup, contact Diane Hirsh, University of Connecticut at diane.hirsch@UConn.edu. Does the PSR require that farmers have to keep records regarding animals in the field? What are the expectations and what records are required? No. Farmers are not required to keep records regarding animals in field or even the assessments made by farmers concerning potential animal feces. The law requires that if a farmer sees animal intrusion in the fields of high risk produce (e.g. tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce) that the farmer assess the area to make sure that the animal(s) have not left contamination behind. If they have, the law does require that action be taken not to harvest that particular area. Are there fines associated with non-compliance? If a farmer misses something or makes a mistake, will the FDA or state regulatory agency fine the farm? There are no fines associated with deficiencies that an inspection may find on the farm as long as the problems are fixed. Issues associated with an imminent public health hazard must be dealt with quickly and all other violations of the rule must be corrected in a timely manner. The only time fines are implemented by FDA is if there is negligence. What is the cost to attend the PSR/RI GAP training? The cost to Rhode Island farmers is only $45.00. This includes the cost of lunch for both days, the curriculum, and a certificate of completion. Funding for this publication was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. 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