Produce Safety Inspections

Only farms covered by (subject to) the Produce Safety Rule will be inspected. Inspections of all covered farms regardless of size will begin in 2021. Resources for farms that will be inspected can be found below.

Exempt and qualified exempt farms will not be inspected; however, unless a farm has verified that they are exempt or qualified exempt from the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) it is assumed that the farm is covered and therefore subject to inspections. To inform our Produce Safety Program staff of your farm’s PSR status (i.e. covered, qualified exempt, or exempt) please click on the “Is My Farm Covered?” tile and fill out the Farm Status Determination tool.

Compliance Dates for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, by Business Size

Business Size* Compliance Dates for Most Produce Year for first Regulatory Inspection Compliance Dates for Sprouts Water Related Compliance Dates Compliance Date for Qualified Exemption (QE) Labeling Requirement Compliance Date for Retention of Records Supporting a QE
All other businesses (> $500K/yr.) 1/26/2018 2019 1/26/2017 1/26/2022 1/1/2020 1/26/2016
Small Businesses (>$250K – $500K/yr.) 1/28/2019 2020 1/26/2018 1/26/2023
Very Small Businesses (>$25K – $250K/yr.) 1/27/2020 2021 1/28/2019 1/26/2024

* The average annual monetary value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period.

  • To prepare for an inspection, your farm can request an On-Farm Readiness Review. An On-Farm Readiness Review is an educational site visit to help produce growers understand and comply with the Produce Safety Rule. To learn more, click on the “On-Farm Readiness Review” tile below.
  • For covered farms, at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the FDA. Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings satisfy this requirement.


Andrea Sarchet
Produce Safety Education & Outreach Coordinator
Phone : (406) 444-0131
E-mail : andrea.sarchet@mt.gov or foodsafety@mt.gov

Jessica Arneson
Produce Safety Compliance Specialist

Phone : (406) 444-3001
E-mail : JessicaArneson@mt.gov

  or  foodsafety@mt.gov