A misunderstanding of proposed agricultural water compliance dates for the produce safety rule has been addressed by produce safety trainer Trevor Suslow.
Writing on the University of California’s Postharvest Center website, Suslow, director of the Postharvest Technology Center, explained the confusion over the dates.
“The purpose of this communication is to assist in correcting this situation and supporting Produce Safety Alliance efforts to have one standardized message on agricultural water testing as the specific provisions and requirements evolve and are resolved,” Suslow wrote.
From communications with FDA officials, Suslow lists on the website the dates when water testing must be initiated. According to the latest information and rulemaking, the start of microbial indicator testing for agricultural water won’t be a compliance requirement for larger businesses (over $500,000 in sales) until Jan. 26, 2022.
A full list of compliance dates is available at the Postharvest Center website.