Launched in early 2022, the Delaware Produce Safety Portal will become the preferred way for new and existing farms to submit their mandatory annual registration information and apply for exemptions.
Mandatory Farm Registration
As of 2019, the Delaware Department of Agriculture has made it mandatory through State regulations (Produce Safety Regulations 302 Del. Code. § 3.0) that all farms within Delaware that grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce intended for human consumption and for sale, register with the Delaware Department of Agriculture by April 30, annually.
This mandatory registration process is intended to verify who is and who is not covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Produce Safety Rule (21 CFR 112). This process allows us to provide valuable education, technical assistance, and compliance information to regulated farms and businesses, excluding farms that are not required to comply with the rule, and prioritize inspections.
Due to the various exemptions available, Delaware is awarding exemption certificates by exemption type as outlined in the Produce Safety Rule. Since farm information changes from year to year, we are asking farms to return their exemption applications simultaneously as their mandatory registration (on an annual basis). The exemption s will expire on April 30 of the following year the exemption was granted regardless of the awarded date.
A link to an interactive exemption decision-making tool is available from within the portal to assist farms in determining their exemption status.
To register your business, claim an existing business or update your information, please utilize our online Grower Registration Portal. https://producesafety.agriculture.delaware.gov/Registration/ Paper applications are available to download on the portal’s home page.
If you experience any trouble navigating the website, experience an error or have any questions/concerns, please reach out to the Delaware Produce Safety Team at
DE.ProduceSafety@delaware.gov or (302) 698-4582.