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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. As part of FSMA, the Produce Safety rule establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is partnering 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 safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables. TDA is also working to promote the 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). 

To receive information and updates on the Produce Safety Rule, complete the Farm Inventory Survey and email ProduceSafety@TexasAgriculture.gov

   Training in Texas
PSA Grower Trainings are currently being offered virtually. 

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   Training in Neighboring States

   Contacts
Richard De Los Santos
Director for Produce Safety
(512) 463-7472

Rene Nieto
Program Coordinator-Produce Safety
(512) 463-7439

Produce Safety Field Outreach Specialists

Regional Map

Camilo Garzon
South Central Texas
TDA Cell: 210-330-1022

Carlos Ramirez 
South Texas
TDA Cell: 956-453-2209

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

Vacant
Central Texas
(512) 463-7439

Megan Wright
North East Texas
TDA Cell: 214-931-4951

Marvin Lopez
South East Texas
TDA Cell: 281-660-9247
   Additional Training Resources

Best Practices for Preventing Contamination Video: English - Spanish
Best Practices for Working with Animals Video: English - Spanish
Best Practices for Working in the Field and Packing House Video: English - Spanish
Best Practices for Worker Hygiene Video: English - Spanish
Best Practices for Handwashing Video: English - Spanish