Virginia Fresh Produce Food Safety Team
Regarding the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (regulated by FDA, and VDACS in VA)
We wanted to bring to your attention an announcement from FDA this week regarding the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Rarely Consumed Raw list. The Rarely Consumed Raw list is exhaustive and the items included on the list are exempt from the PSR. The list currently includes: Asparagus; beans, black; beans, great Northern; beans, kidney; beans, lima; beans, navy; beans, pinto; beets, garden (roots and tops); beets, sugar; cashews; cherries, sour; chickpeas; cocoa beans; coffee beans; collards; corn, sweet; cranberries; dates; dill (seeds and weed); eggplants; figs; ginger; hazelnuts; horseradish; lentils; okra; peanuts; pecans; peppermint; potatoes; pumpkins; squash, winter; sweet potatoes; and water chestnuts (21 CFR §112.2 (a)(1)).
The FDA is seeking public comment for the potential expansion of this list. To view the announcement in full from the FDA, and to see how items were originally selected for the rarely consumed raw list, please click here.
Starting Monday, August 10 the public can submit data, information, and/or comments on consumption of produce that is rarely consumed raw through the Request for Information (RFI) docket for the potential expansion of the Rarely Consumed Raw list. Make your submissions using this link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/10/2020-16800/request-for-information-consumption-of-certain-uncommon-produce-commodities-in-the-united-states