Food Safety

The Food Safety Committee provides CFVGA members with educational materials and resources pertaining to current food safety production regulations and practices through resource development, training, policy and legislative engagement, and outreach with industry partners.

Members, for additional Food Safety resources click here

These include recorded webinars, decision trees, factsheets, videos, web tools and printable signage for food safety planning, management, employee training and consumer awareness.

March 26 FSMA Produce Safety Rule PSA Grower Training Course

Bill Heddles Rec Center | 530 Gunnison River Dr | Delta, CO 81416
Monday, March 26, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (MDT)


The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Colorado Department of Agriculture will be hosting a FSMA Training Course on March 26, 2018 in Delta, CO.  The training is scheduled from 7:30 am -5:30 pm.

This course will provide a foundation on FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them;
  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm;
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm;
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.

The registration fee is $50 which includes a light breakfast, lunch, PSA materials, and a certificate of completion as required under FSMA.


Registration closes March 23 at 5 pm

Questions? 970-491-3330


February 15 Mock Produce Safety Audit in Denver

The GrowHaus | 4751 York Street | Denver, CO 80216
Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (MST)


Join CFVGA, RMFU and CSU Extension for a visit to the GrowHaus to visit the facility and talk about how a Harmonized GAPs audit takes place in a hydroponic operation. Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Inspectors will lead a “mock audit” of the facility and provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about produce safety situations you might encounter and how they might be addressed.

Registration closes Feb 12

For directions, click here.

Questions? 970-491-3330


CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar | Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act in Colorado | March 23, 2017 (55 min)

  1. FSMA is a whole system approach to addressing issues of food safety
  2. Produce Safety Rule was completed November 2015
  3. PSR Compliance timeline:
    1. Sprout farms Jan 26, 2017
    2. Large farms Jan 26, 2018 (except water)
    3. Small Farm Jan 28, 2019 (except water)
    4. Large farms Jan 2020 (all provisions)
    5. Small Farms Jan 2021 (all provisions)
    6. All farms must comply Jan 2022 (all provisions)
  4. Exemptions are possible
  5. PRS key standards: worker health and hygiene; ag water; soil amendments; wildlife/domestic animals and land use; postharvest handling and sanitation; equipment, tools and buildings
  6. CDA will provide education, outreach and inspection. CSU will collaborate with education and outreach
  7. FDA funds in part Produce Safety Alliance, Sprouts Safety Alliance, Preventative Controls Safety Alliance. Regional training centers are also funded by FDA.
  8. CSU leads the Mountain sub-region of the US Western Regional Center (Oregon) for produce safety education as one of 3 sub-regions in the W Region
  9. 2017 Regulatory rollout by CDA
    1. Spring 2017 – Inventory: identify farms that grow covered crops, helping them find compliance resources
    2. 2018 – 2020 – On-Farm Readiness Review: assess farms readiness for inspection, voluntary farm review or farm self review
    3. 2018 – start Large farm inspections
    4. 2019 – start Small farm inspections
    5. 2020 – start Very small farm inspections
  10. Audits are 3rd party fee based reviews. Inspections are regulatory visits to determine compliance with PSR.   FDA and USDA are working to harmonize GAPs with PSR

Sponsors for The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

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