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Food Safety in the Citrus Industry

Fresh citrus has a perfect record when it comes to food safety. There has never been a food borne illness connected to fresh citrus. To maintain that safety record citrus growers follow good agriculture practices and adhere to food safety plans to assure consumers only receive the freshest, safest, and most nutritious oranges, lemons, mandarins and grapefruit.

RESOURCES

Statement – FSMA Compliance Dates and Registration
FSMA Citrus Grower Manual
Grower Food Safety Good Agricultural (Practices)
Grower Food Safety Plan (template)
Harvester Food Safety Good Agricultural (Practices)
Harvester Food Safety Plan (template)

Produce Safety Alliance Training Classes
The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ The Produce Safety Rule applies to growers of covered fresh fruits and vegetables selling more than $25K of produce annually. There are also qualified exemptions for some growers. Compliance for larger growers begins January 2018. Small growers ($250-500K annual produce sales) have until January 2019, and very small growers ($25K-250K annual produce sales) have until January 2020 to comply.