Farm to School — Tools for Producers

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - Produce Safety Rule
The purpose of FSMA is to shift food safety regulations from a system that focuses on responding to contaminations to one that focuses on preventing them. FSMA was a law enacted on January 4, 2011, that authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a preventative approach to food safety. 

TDA's specific role is through a cooperative agreement with FDA to advance efforts for a nationally integrated food safety system through the planning, establishment, and/or enhancement of state produce safety programs that encourage the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables, and to promote understanding and compliance with the requirements of FDA’s Regulation “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” (commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule). TDA is creating the necessary infrastructure and conducting grower outreach,
education and inspections based on the FSMA regulation. 

Visit TDA’s FSMA – Produce Safety Web page for more information, resources and agency contact information.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Food Safety Program

This website, developed by Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, includes a variety of food safety resources, as well as information about upcoming training and events.


Additional resources can be found on USDA’s Farm to School Web pages.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 
 (1) mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
 (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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