for the Produce Safety Rule and RI GAP Program
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) was created in an effort to assist the produce industry in developing a proactive approach to food safety. The focus of the Rule is to ensure safe produce in the marketplace. Along with implementing food safety practices, farms covered by the PSR and/or involved with the RI GAP program (Good Agricultural Practices) will need to keep some records. The templates and additional items in this collection have been designed to assist Rhode Island produce growers in meeting the record keeping requirements.
Not all records listed in this collection are required – please refer to the RI Produce Safety checklist to assist with determining which records you mustkeep versus which records you shouldkeep.
When completing the records, please be keep in mind:
The retention time for most records is two years.
Each record must be reviewed by an appropriate employee, such as a supervisor.
Section 112.161 of the PSR requires that records be accurate and legible.
Upon inspection or request by a regulating agency, a producer must be able to provide the records within 24 hours. Most farms will likely keep their records onsite, but this timeframe allows for those farms that may keep records at another location.
Farms are allowed to keep records in a format that they choose (electronic, hardcopy), as long as they meet the PSR/RI GAP requirements. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like copies of the following records in a Word format.
GAP/PSR requires farms to train all workers in some produce safety protocols. The person training the workers can be the farmer, a supervisor, the farm’s produce safety specialist, or a third party. Use this record to help deliver those concepts and keep track of individuals.
This record assists with the PSR/GAP requirement that toilet facilities are to be designed to
prevent contamination of produce, be accessible for servicing, be serviced and cleaned at
a frequency to ensure suitability of use. Toilet facilities must be supplied with toilet
paper, must provide sanitary disposal of waste and toilet paper, and be located near an
adequate handwashing station.
GAP/PSR requires that farms must document when and what method you use to clean and sanitize equipment. Specifically, this is the equipment used during harvesting, packing, and holding covered produce (i.e., compost equipment, harvest containers, food contact surfaces, pack area, cooler/storage, etc.). Use this record as frequently as needed.
Most farms apply soil amendments to their fields to increase fertility. If you are creating your own treated Biological Soil Amendment of Animal Origin (e.g., compost) on-farm, you must establish and keep records of the process used to treat the soil amendments. This record is used to document the steps of the treatment process (i.e., time, temperature, and turnings).
GAP/PSR requires that you must conduct a pre-harvest (field) assessment for animal incursion (domestic or wild). Use this record to document any evidence of fecal contamination, crop damage or significant animal intrusion prior to harvesting.
The Produce Safety Rule (PSR) and RI GAP requires that farms covered by the rule must take
measures reasonably necessary to protect covered produce, food contact surfaces, and
food-packing materials from contamination by pests in buildings, including routine
monitoring for pests as necessary.
The Produce Safety Rule (PSR) and RI GAP program requires farms to monitor any water that is treated (e.g., with an EPA-approved sanitizer). When using water for post-harvest activity (e.g., using a sanitizer in the wash water), the safety of the water must be monitored. Use this record to help comply with this requirement.