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FSMA Summary for Hops Growers

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in January of 2011. The aim of this law is to ensure that the US food supply is safe by shifting focus from responding to food contamination to preventing it. While brewing beer greatly reduces the presence of microorganisms of public health concern through means other than a kill step (e.g. pH, alcohol content and fermentation), hops are considered “covered” produce under FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Hops are sometimes added to beer after all the brewing steps are completed in a process called “dry hopping;” therefore, hops are in this case consumed raw. Based on this, hops were added to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s list of rarely consumed raw produce subject to FSMA part 112 as applicable.

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Publication Date: 02/2024

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