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Delaware produce farmers must now register with state agency

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The Delaware Department of Agriculture has new statutory authority to enforce compliance of Produce Safety Rule in the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The state agency plans to use the law to take a more proactive approach to preventing foodborne illnesses. Under the law, the agency will:

  • require all Delaware farms that grow produce to register with DDA.
  • allow DDA personnel to enter any farm or facility that grows, harvests, packs, or holds produce for human consumption to conduct inspections, request and review records, and secure and test samples as needed to verify compliance with the Produce Safety Rule.

These regulations are meant to support Delaware’s mission to implement the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety Rule, under FDA authority.

More information is available at https://de.gov/producesafety.

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