DATCP, through a cooperative agreement with the FDA, is responsible for enforcing the Produce Safety Rule in Wisconsin. Prior to compliance, DATCP will work with produce growers to help them implement the required food safety practices.
Safe Wisconsin Produce is DATCP's program that emphasizes an educational approach to food safety regulatory requirements, prior to compliance. DATCP has been working to identify and address the needs of produce growers in Wisconsin impacted by the Produce Safety Rule. Over the next few years, Safe Wisconsin Produce, along with partner organizations (such as, University of Wisconson-Extension, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Midwest Organic, and Sustainable Education Services) will work together so growers and producers have access to resources and training before inspections begin.
This approach begins with grower training classes for individuals. The classes satisfy a key requirement for the Produce Safety Rule.
The next step for produce growers is to request an on-farm readiness review. A review is a free, voluntary assessment of a farm for compliance with the Produce Safety Rule. It is a non-regulatory, pre-inspectional readiness review of a farm’s individual operation, and helps identify gaps between rule requirements and on-farm practices. An on-farm readiness review is also completely anonymous; no records are kept, and all notes and materials remain with the grower. If you are interested in requesting a review, or would like more information, complete the grower questionnaire