Executive summary: produce safety rule and Twitter search

01/09/2013 04:56:00 PM
Tom Karst

o Require certain records related to the date and method of cleaning and sanitizing equipment used in growing operations for sprouts, and in covered harvesting, packing, or holding activities (proposed § 112.140).

• Sprouts

o Establish measures that must be taken related to seeds or beans for sprouting (proposed § 112.141);

o Establish measures that must be taken for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of sprouts (proposed § 112.142);

o Require that you test the growing environment for Listeria spp. or L.monocytogenes and that you test each production batch of spent irrigation water or sprouts for E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella species and take appropriate follow-up actions (proposed §§ 112.143, 112.144, 112.145, 112.146); and

o Require certain records, including documentation of your treatment of seeds or beans for sprouting, a written environmental monitoring plan and sampling plan, test results, and certain methods used (proposed § 112.150).

 

As proposed, the effective date is 60 days after a final rule is published, however, we are providing for a longer timeline for farms to come into compliance. Small businesses (i.e., those subject to proposed part 112 and, on a rolling basis, the average annual monetary value of food sold during the previous three-year period is no more than $500,000) would have three years after the effective date to comply; for some of the water requirements, they would have five years. In addition, very small businesses (i.e., those subject to proposed part 112 and, on a rolling basis, the average annual monetary value of food sold during the previous three-year period is no more than $250,000) would have four years after the effective date to comply; for some of the water requirements, they would have six years. All other farms would have two years after the effective date to comply; for some of the water requirements, they would have four years to comply.


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