The Food and Drug Administration has issued a compliance guide for small companies subject to provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce safety rule.
The document, available at the FDA’s website, can help farmers determine whether they are eligible for a qualified exemption from the regulations, according to a news release. 
A qualified exemption would modify the requirements small growers are subject to under the produce safety rule. The document also can help small growers understand the modified requirements under the produce safety rule, according to the release.
The release said the main compliance dates for small businesses and very small businesses under the Produce Safety Rule are Jan. 28, 2019, and Jan. 27, 2020, respectively.
In addition, certain agricultural water requirements have extended compliance dates, according to the release.
Sprout operations have earlier compliance dates, and sprout operations that are small businesses and very small businesses have compliance dates of Jan. 26, 2018, and Jan. 28, 2019, respectively, according to the release.
Businesses that intend to claim a qualified exemption by their primary compliance date were required to begin keeping documentation supporting their eligibility for a qualified exemption on Jan. 26, 2016, according to the release.