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.
Check out these educational food safety webinars:
Who must comply with the Produce Safety Rule? Do you have questions about the Produce Safety Rule?
To answer these and many other questions, attend a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) grower training class. CFVGA offers these classes November-March. Both in-person and online classes are available. Check out CFVGA’s calendar for PSA classes and other training opportunities.
Other options for taking the PSA class are:
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course
Offered by the Produce Safety Alliance as a three-week course that can be completed at your own pace. The online course is expected to take 15-30 hours for successful completion. Find online training options here.
Remote Delivery Course
The same course CSU Extension has been offering but taught by educators in other states in real time. Instructors use video conferencing software, such as Zoom or Webex. This is a temporary option that is being supported during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find remote training options here.
This course will provide a foundation on Food Safety Modernization Act (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 will 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
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Do I have to comply with FSMA Produce Safety Rule?
What Can Growers Expect? from CDA and CSU regarding resources, farm inventory, on farm readiness reviews and inspections
FSMA Produce Safety Final Rule – FDA website
Produce Safety Rule – CSU Website
FSMA Compliance Dates | Original compliance dates from 2015 rule | Revised compliance dates as of Oct 2017
FDA paper Sept 2017: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption