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If you grow and sell vegetables or fruit in New Hampshire, please complete our survey.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet and the New Hampshire economy. Produce that is consumed raw without any cooking or processing can become contaminated with bacteria, viruses and parasites resulting in illnesses and even death.

To prevent the occurrence of foodborne illnesses associated with produce that is eaten raw, in 2011 the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. FSMA directed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) to write rules to prevent and reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness associated with the food that we all consume.

The Produce Safety Rule (PSR) under FSMA was finalized in November of 2015. The PSR for the first time establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables for human consumption.

Under a grant from the U.S. FDA the Produce Safety Program in New Hampshire is performing research, outreach, education, and technical assistance to New Hampshire farms that could be covered by the rule.

Funding for this web page was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed on this web page do not necessarily reflect the official polices of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.

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