• Glossary of Terms and FAQ

    Provides a glossary of produce safety-related terms that are commonly found within the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, as well as clarification on frequently-asked-questions such as the difference between audits and inspections.
  • Plain Language Overview of the Produce Safety Rule

    Outlines key elements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, free of any dense language, acronyms, or specialized terms, for an easy-to-understand overview of the rule requirements.
  • Review Multi-state Information

    A side-by-side table of what is required for state/federal audits and Produce Safety Rule inspections in each state, along with corresponding contact information. State-level content can be found through the interactive map below.

Explore by State

Select any state on the map to learn more about produce safety audits and inspections.

Connecticut

Number of farms: 1,489

Produce safety rule inspection: Connecticut Department of Agriculture

State audit program: Connecticut Good Agricultural Practices (CGAP)

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Delaware

Number of farms: 266

Produce safety rule inspection: Delaware Dept Of Agriculture

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Vermont

Number of farms: 1,330

Produce safety rule inspection: VT Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets

State audit program: Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus)

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New Hampshire

Number of farms: 1,029

Produce safety rule inspection: New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food

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Maine

Number of farms: 2,597

Produce safety rule inspection: Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

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Massachusetts

Number of farms: 2,580

Produce safety rule inspection: Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

State audit program: Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program (Mass CQP)

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Rhode Island

Number of farms: 338

Produce safety rule inspection: RI Department of Environmental Management – Division of Agriculture

State audit program: Rhode Island Good Agricultural Practices (RI GAP)

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New York

Number of farms: 6,671

Produce safety rule inspection: New York Department of Agriculture and Markets

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Pennsylvania

Number of farms: 7,244

Produce safety rule inspection: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

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West Virginia

Number of farms: 1,848

Produce safety rule inspection: West Virginia Department of Agriculture

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Maryland

Number of farms: 1,509

Produce safety rule inspection: Maryland Department of Agriculture

State audit program: Maryland Department of Agriculture Good Agriculture Practices (MDA GAP)

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New Jersey

Number of farms: 2,339

Produce safety rule inspection: New Jersey Department of Agriculture

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Illinois

Number of farms: 2,524

Produce safety rule inspection: Illinois Department of Agriculture

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Indiana

Number of farms: 2,301

Produce safety rule inspection: FDA

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Iowa

Number of farms: 2,104

Produce safety rule inspection: FDA

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Kansas

Number of farms: 992

Produce safety rule inspection: Kansas Department of Agriculture

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Michigan

Number of farms: 5,965

Produce safety rule inspection: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Minnesota

Number of farms: 3,978

Produce safety rule inspection: Minnesota Department of Agriculture

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Missouri

Number of farms: 2,934

Produce safety rule inspection: Missouri Department of Agriculture

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Nebraska

Number of farms: 773

Produce safety rule inspection: Nebraska Department of Agriculture

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North Dakota

Number of farms: 349

Produce safety rule inspection: FDA

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Ohio

Number of farms: 4,914

Produce safety rule inspection: Ohio Department of Agriculture

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South Dakota

Number of farms: 340

Produce safety rule inspection: South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Wisconsin

Number of farms: 5,126

Produce safety rule inspection: WDATCP-SWP

State audit program: Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP

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  • What is the goal of this site?

    The goal of this site is to summarize the produce food safety landscape in the northeastern and north central US, helping buyers to understand and navigate each state’s produce safety audit and inspection information. This is needed because the produce safety landscape can be confusing; there are a variety of produce safety standards and verification systems that can look similar in practice, yet are different in application for produce operations. As a result, market access requirements may not match grower obligations and documentation after being found in compliance following a FSMA Produce Safety Rule inspection, or from succeeding to meet an audit’s acceptance criteria. To help buyers navigate these complications, this website provides farm production statistics, state inspection and audit information in simple charts and tables, all with an eye to improving produce safety knowledge, communication, and alignment among buyers and producers.

    How to use this site?

    The interactive map allows users to drill down at the state level to learn more about the produce production landscape, farm size, and scale within each state. Here the user will also find a detailed review of what is required for audits and inspections in the state along with corresponding program contact information. A user can also look at this regional content more broadly by reviewing multi-state information in a side-by-side display. Either approach also cross-links to a plain language overview of the Produce Safety Rule for easy access to relevant rule requirements.

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