CONTACT's Clarify The Confusing: Rarely Consumed Raw

Jan. 19, 2023

The Produce Safety Rule outlines the minimum food safety standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption; and is a part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Clarify The Confusing: Rarely Consumed Raw with Sarah SharpeDid you know that produce that is rarely consumed raw doesn’t have to comply with the Produce Safety Rule? Such as asparagus, coffee beans, and potatoes, to name a few. Ever wonder how we know whether something is rarely consumed raw (and can protect our health by not eating it uncooked)? 

Well, no need to worry! The CONTACT Project Team has got you covered with their 30-second Clarify The Confusing video on “Rarely Consumed Raw” with Sarah Sharpe of Virginia Cooperative Extension. To comply with the produce safety rule, the FDA has published a list of produce that is almost always cooked before eating, to keep us as consumers informed and safe. This list is readily available anytime you may need it. Watch the video here: The FDA's “RARELY CONSUMED RAW” PRODUCE list can be found on their Produce Safety Rule fact sheet - http://page document containing essential information about.


CONTACT is a cross-institutional collaboration project that seeks to provide a systems-based decision-support framework to evaluate measures for controlling pathogens on produce that will support an integrated view and decision-making roadmap for stakeholders. CONTACT looks at the scientific challenges and cost-effective management of risks associated with the implementation of produce safety regulations. Look out for more informational videos on food safety and produce safety science by the CONTACT team!