Alternatives and Variances to the Produce Safety Rule

There is interest in exploring and developing alternatives and/or variances to the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) to address unique or relevant attributes at the state or regional level. As a result, there is a need to understand the process required for an entity or individual exploring these options. This factsheet describes the FSMA PSR provisions that an alternative or a variance would apply to, who is eligible to develop an alternative or variance, the approval process for both, and the high burden of supporting either an alternative or a variance with credible scientific and technical evidence. 

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