Welcome to the NECAFS Clearinghouse!

The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) clearinghouse is a curated source of Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food related resources.  Anyone can search and view the resources linked to the clearinghouse by using one or all of the search tools below (type, topic, state, and/or keywords).

In order to link your food safety related materials and make them searchable within the clearinghouse, please create an account or log in to submit your resources.  For details about the clearinghouse, please visit the about page.

Questions about searching, creating an account, or submitting your resources?  Email necafs@uvm.edu or review our instructional videos about creating a new account or posting resources.

There are currently 247 resources published in the clearinghouse.  Please note, most of these resources have not been peer reviewed.  We do have plans to incorporate peer review in the future.

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Most Recent

Draft Guidance: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Guidance for Industry

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated October 22, 2018
Author: FDA
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This guidance is being distributed for comment purposes only. This draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the current thinking of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA or we) on this topic. It does not establish any rights for any person and is not binding on FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and...

Do I Need to Comply with the FSMA Produce Rule?

Added by Lisa McKeag • Last updated October 10, 2018
Author: Lisa McKeag
Type: Guidance - Federal; Coverage Assessment Tools
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: MA

An interactive flowchart to help determine whether a farm is covered by the Produce Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Contains links to general produce safety resources to help anyone follow best practices.

Standard Operating Procedures: A Writing Guide

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated October 9, 2018
Author: Richard Stup
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

Standard operating procedures used in combination with planned training and regular performance feedback lead to an effective and motivated workforce. Farm managers and advisers benefit from consistent work performance and predictable results. Workers benefit from increased confidence and a clear sense of achievement.

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Farm Stand and U Pick Guidance

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated October 3, 2018
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Guidance document to assist those who run Farm Stands and U Pick sites. The topics covered include signage; bathrooms; parking; money; samples; and more.

Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin Guidance

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated October 2, 2018
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

FSMA Compliant On-Farm Thermophilic Composting: A Safe Way to Enrich the Soil

Dropped Covered Produce

Added by • Last updated October 8, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: I have a question regarding §112.114 "What requirements apply to dropped covered produce?" The rule states: "You must not distribute dropped covered produce. Dropped covered produce is covered produce that drops to the ground before harvest. Dropped covered produce does not include...