Qualified Exemptions and Exclusions
Farms that are not covered by the Produce Safety Rule
The rule covers produces, but some types of produce and several categories of farms are exempt:
If you do not meet any of the above listed categories, you may be eligible for a Qualified Exemption from the Produce Safety Rule.
The RI DEM Produce Safety Exemption/Exclusion Factsheet was created to help you determine your regulatory status under the Produce Safety Rule. This factsheet provides a visual guide to help growers understand if your produce is covered under the Rule and if your farm may be eligible for a Qualified, or Processing Exemption.
If you think that you are eligible for a Qualified Exemption after reviewing the Exemption/Exclusion factsheet, please use the Qualified Exemption Annual Review Guide and Qualified Exemption Annual Review Form to help you determine your eligibility. Once completed, this form may be used to support your annual application for Qualified Exemption which can be found on our Produce Safety Portal.