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Compliance Dates

FDA has set tiered compliance dates for “covered farms” ( farms that are not exempt or not covered by the PS Rule) based on sales volume. Covered farms must comply with specific provisions under the Produce Safety Rule.

A farm under the Produce Safety Rule can be considered a“very small business” or a “small business” or  “all other businesses”.


Very small


(>$25K-$250K produce sales)

Small businesses

(>$250K-$500K produce sales)

All other businesses

(>$500K produce sales)

For most provisions in the PS Rule 1/27/2020 1/28/2019 1/26/2018
For water related regulations outlined in the PS Rule 1/26/2024 1/26/2023 1/26/2022
Sprouts 1/28/2019 1/26/2018 1/26/2017

For the purposes of this part, the definitions below are based on the average annual monetary value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period.

  • A very small business is defined as a farm that sells no more than $250,000.
  • A small business is defined as a farm that sells no more than $500,000.
  • All other businesses are defined as farms whose sales are greater than $500,000.

Written By

Photo of Elena Rogers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural Science(828) 352-2519 elena_rogers@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
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