Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, growers using a treated Biological Soil Amendment of Animal Origin (BSAAO), such as compost, are required to keep documentation that the amendment was properly treated, handled, and stored before being applied to a produce field. This documentation is especially important as growers prepare for FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance and inspections. Though FDA does not have jurisdiction over companies that supply treated BSAAOs, suppliers should be prepared to provide this documentation to growers as needed. This factsheet outlines key requirements for soil amendment suppliers, along with an editable model certificate of conformance:
- FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Documentation Requirements for Commercial Soil Amendment Suppliers
- Model Certificate of Conformance Word format
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The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) originally published this announcement in their October 17, 2019 e-newsletter.
The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) is a collaborative project between Cornell University, USDA, and the Food and Drug Administration. The overarching objective of this project is to provide the produce industry and associated groups with training and educational opportunities related to current best practices and guidance, and future regulatory requirements by establishing the Produce Safety Alliance.