Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - Produce Safety Rule

The purpose of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is to shift food safety regulations from a system that focuses on responding to contamination to one that focuses on preventing them.

FSMA was a law enacted on Jan. 4, 2011, that authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a preventative approach to food safety. The law does so by incorporating new enforcement actions that are designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with preventative safety standards. FSMA also gives the FDA the tools it needs to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is working with FDA through a cooperative agreement to advance efforts for a nationally integrated food safety system. This will occur through the planning, establishment and/or enhancement of State and Territory Produce Safety Programs that encourage the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, TDA will work to promote understanding and compliance with the requirements of FDA’s “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” (commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule).

TDA will create the necessary infrastructure and conduct grower outreach, education and inspections based on FSMA. In order to build this produce safety program, TDA must first build a complete list of produce growers.

To receive information and updates on the Produce Safety Rule complete the Farm Inventory Survey. For any additional questions, email us at ProduceSafety@TexasAgriculture.gov


PSA Growers Training Course

April 26, 2018 - Weslaco, TX
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   Special Events
Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule - Stakeholder Rule Development Meeting Notice

Below is a list of locations, dates and times of the Produce Safety Administrative Rule development meetings.

In order to make sure we have accurate seating, please RSVP to ProduceSafety@TexasAgriculture.gov with the location and number attending.

Location  Facility Date Time
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
1102 E FM 1294
Lubbock, TX  
May 1, 2018        
 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Fort Worth:    
Hampton Inn West
IH 30 2700 Green Oaks Road 
Fort Worth TX. 76116
May 2, 2018
 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hampton Inn & Suites Tyler
South 8962 S Broadway Ave 
Tyler, TX 75703
May 3, 2018
 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
2415 E. Business 83
Weslaco, TX 78596
May 8, 2018
 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
1619 Garner Field Rd
Uvalde, TX 78801
May 9, 2018
 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rosenberg Texas A&M AgriLife
1402 Band Road
Rosenberg, TX 77471
May 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00  PM
San Marcos:
Hilton Garden Inn
2131 N Intertsate HW 35
San Marcos, TX 78666
May 16, 2018
 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Richard De Los Santos
Director for Produce Safety
(512) 463-7472

Rene Nieto
Produce Safety Outreach Specialist
(512) 463-7439


Produce Safety Field Outreach Specialists

Regional Map

Arturo De La Garza
South Texas
TDA Cell: 956-453-2209

Cheryl Goswick
West Texas
TDA Cell: 806-239-5247

Corey Hunt
East Texas
TDA Cell: 817-680-6073

Shane Teeter
Central Texas
TDA Cell: 512-587-1339
FSMA-Produce Safety Rule Exemption Tool
Other Up Coming Events:

Food Safety Modernization Act – Produce Rule

Water Meet & Greet with FDA

Texas producers will have the opportunity to sit down with FDA to get their agriculture water questions answered and learn how FDA will work with TDA to ensure Texas producers comply with the Produce Rule.

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 12 noon


Texas A&M University Kingsville Citrus Center
312 N International Blvd, Weslaco, TX 78599
Room: Conference Center 2

Registration Deadline:

Limited Seating available. First 50 responses will be accepted. RSVP to ProduceSafety@TexasAgriculture.gov