September 7, 2021

From the Artisan Grain Collaborative, the Midwest-based Artisan Grain Collaborative and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems(CAFS) at Vermont Law School released a new guide for food-grade grain farmers and processors that break down complicated federal food safety regulations related to the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (PCR).

"FSMA, which became law in 2011, has been the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. federal food safety laws in seven decades. For businesses conducting food processing and handling, a key component is the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, which requires them to evaluate possible food safety hazards, take action to prevent or reduce those hazards, and create monitoring systems to ensure the actions they take are effective. "

The guide includes:

  • background information on the evolution of regional grainsheds and key terminology;
  • a flowchart to help grain farms and businesses determine what type of entity category they fall into according to the regulatory language;
  • information specific to farms, processing facilities, retail food establishments, and restaurants;
  • information about how the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule applies to various entities that process grains; and
  • a discussion of how particular activities fit within the rule and helps producers understand if and how their activities make them subject to it.