Part I - Exemptions

Do you grow, harvest, pack or hold fresh produce in Montana?  Then you should take this brief survey.  While the roll-out of the Food Safety Modernization Act and Produce Safety Rule can appear overwhelming, the Montana Department of Agriculture has designed this survey to hear your concerns and to identify the area(s) of highest need for assistance with these new requirements.
Please share your responses and feedback.  This survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete.  If you would like to complete the survey over the phone, on paper, or would like additional information, please call 406-444-0131 or email
Thank you for your participation!

* 1. Have you completed a food safety activity such as a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit or created a food safety plan for your farm?

* 2. Please describe your current understanding of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Produce Safety Rule

* 3. Based on your current understanding, will you be exempt from the Produce Safety Rule based on annual sales?  Farms with average annual produce sales of less than $25,000 will be exempt from the rule.

* 5. Will your produce go through a commercial processing step that reduces harmful pathogens (for example, commercial canning)?

This produce is exempt from the rule, but documentation and written assurances should be kept on record.

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