The NCR FSMA and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently updated a Checklist for Retail Purchasers of Fresh Food.
It is important for buyers of fresh, whole produce to have assurances that safe food handling practices were followed on the farm, and during delivery to their facilities. Growers can provide documentation of food safety assurances through a buyer’s onsite review of their farm, a certificate of attendance at good agricultural practices (GAPs) trainings and/or Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) workshops, or with documentation from a third-party audit.
While some growers must comply with the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) and attend PSA trainings, it is not required for all growers, such as for growers of products not typically consumed raw or produce that will be further processed. Completion of this Checklist can provide documentation to the buyer that GAPs were followed on the farm, and that the buyer took reasonable care when purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from a grower. This Checklist can also guide the conversation between retail buyers of fresh produce and local growers as they establish terms of the purchasing arrangement to ensure safe food practices are followed.
Items on this Checklist are based on GAPs and elements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. You can find it on the Resources by Topic page of this website or below.