FSMA Resource Library

This resource library is set up to give you access to tools we found to be useful for farms. You will find resources that relate to key topic areas of the Produce Safety Rule and on-farm food safety in lots of different ways from videos, to templates, to fact sheets, and more!

About the Resource Library

We will add to these pages as we find new resources that are created. If you are not able to find a resource you're looking for, contact us and we can help you to find what you need.

We have compiled resources from different types of sources:

  • FDA Resources +
  • FDA resources are considered the primary sources. They are researched to make sure they are legally and technically correct before they are published. The FDA creates fact sheets and provides guidance for industry to help expand on and explain the Produce Safety Rule’s requirements and application. They also respond directly to questions of interpretation or clarification submitted through the Technical Assistance Network (TAN). The FDA provides the most definitive answers we have about the Produce Safety Rule.

     
  • Groups that Receive Federal Funding +
  • Groups that receive federal funding from the FDA with the primary purpose of doing educational work about the Produce Safety Rule. These include groups like the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA), the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS), and the National Young Farmers Coalition.

     
  • Other State Departments of Agriculture or Health +
  • FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule is being implemented across the country, and other State Departments of Agriculture or Health have put together some good resources. The cooperative agreements between states and the FDA can vary so resources may reflect some differences in the regulatory environment. We’ve selected resources we think are helpful and applicable in Maine.

     
  • Produce Sector Stakeholders +
  • And finally, we’ve included resources that have been developed by stakeholders in the produce sector, including farms, advocacy groups, or communities of practice. These can include farm hacks to make hand-washing stations, or different types of capacity building.

     

Official FDA Documents for the Produce Safety Rule

DACF FSMA Presentations

Fact Sheets and Topic-Specific Resources

Worker Health, Hygiene, and Trainings

Animals

Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin

Water

Note: Subpart E -- Agricultural Water is published in the Federal Register as part of the Produce Safety Rule. However, it is currently under review and compliance dates have been delayed. It is currently unenforceable while the enforcement discretion is in effect. The delayed compliance dates are below.

In the meantime, farmers should get to know the water quality profile of their agricultural water sources, and should start assessing their water distribution systems to make sure the system itself isn’t a potential source of contamination.

COVERED FARM SIZE VERY SMALL Produce Sales
$25K-$250K
SMALL FARMS Produce Sales
$250K-$500K
LARGE FARMS Produce Sales
$500,001+
Water Subpart Requirements Jan. 26, 2024 Jan. 26, 2023 Jan. 26, 2022

Buildings, Equipment, & Sanitation

Records

Qualified Exemption

Inspections

Wild Blueberries in Maine

General Food Safety Resources

Forms, Templates & Signs

Helpful Websites

  • Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) - One of four regional centers around the country for food safety on produce farms. Hosts a clearinghouse that is used nationwide by regulators, educators, and farm collaborators to share fact sheets, contact information, farm hack solutions, FDA responses to technical questions and more.
  • Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) - A cooperative alliance between Cornell University, the FDA, and USDA dedicated to solid, fact-checked, useful Produce Safety Rule resources. Curated FDA-approved curriculum for grower trainings, and train the trainers who deliver the PSA grower trainings. Check their Facebook with suggestions and reminders, and monthly newsletters.
  • Map for determining distance for QEU - Creates a 275-mile radius from your address to help you determine whether customers meet geographic requirements of Qualified End Users.
  • Map of Water Labs - Locations of water labs in Maine that perform the required tests needed to comply with water testing requirements in the Produce Safety Rule. This is not an exhaustive list; there may be additional labs using approved test methods.
  • UVM Extension Ag Engineering - Food safety topics like salad spinners, post-harvest handling, food safety materials, and backflow prevention devices.
  • FamilyFarmed - Provides technical assistance to small and mid-scale farmers selling to wholesale markets and educational information and resources and a customized on-farm food safety plan template.
  • National Young Farmers Coalition - Provides many resources for food safety topics in their online resource library. Case studies of individual farms, training opportunities, and business services they offer.

Videos

Capacity Building

DACF Service Map

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

For more information on the Produce Safety Rule continue exploring this website

  • The Produce Safety Rule
  • Coverage Status - Who is subject to the Produce Safety Rule and what applies to your farm
  • Maine's FSMA Team - Your resource team for produce safety in Maine and the Northeast. Reach out to our team any time for help navigating the FSMA regulations. We are happy to support Maine’s food safety culture every way we can!