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FSMA Rule for Produce Safety
In January 2013, FDA took the first steps towards creating new federal laws overseeing fruits and vegetable food safety as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by publishing proposed Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption in the Federal Register. The Rule was published on 11/27/2015.
You can view the Rule for Produce Safety online: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm
Unless specifically exempt or excluded, such as by annual sales and/or sales and market channels, sprout growing operations would be subject to the sprout-specific requirements in subpart M. They would also be subject to all other requirements of the Proposed Rule for Produce Safety (exceptions are noted).
Does the FSMA Rule for Produce Safety apply to you? Information regarding Coverage and Exemptions/Exclusions for PART 112 can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm415031.htm
Other Sprout Safety Guidelines
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Guidance for Industry: Compliance with and Recommendations for Implementation of the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption for Sprout Operation
Codex Alimentarius Committee (CAC)
Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables. Annex II: Annex for Sprout Production (2003)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Code of Practice for the Hygienic Production of Sprouted Seeds (2007)
Food Safety Practices Guidance for Sprout Manufacturers (2008)
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
Proposal P1004: Primary Production and Proessing Standard for Seed Sprouts Approval Report (2011)
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Guidelines on Safe Production of Ready-to-Eat Sprouted Seeds (Sprouts) (2011)