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.

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

Prior to the 2019 growing season, the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association offered a variety of food safety training courses & webinars throughout the state. Beginning in the fall, check back for for 2019-20 schedule of training courses.

Webinar on the Produce Safety Rule:
One last 30-minute sessions to get you up to speed on the Produce Safety Rule! This webinar will run from 12pm-12:30pm, with time for questions. No pre-registration is required to attend.

  • May 15, 2019 – Produce Safety Rule Inspections – Farm-based Produce Safety Rule (PSR) inspections will begin during this upcoming growing season for farms selling over $500,000 in produce. Learn how inspections will be scheduled and what you can expect on your farm. Connect at:  https://zoom.us/j/693974877

These events are brought to you by the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and CSU Extension. There are many more events listed at http://coproducesafety.org/produce-safety-events-training/.

What is an On-Farm Readiness Review? It is a non-regulatory, confidential assessment of a farm’s readiness for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, conducted on your farm. It is an excellent opportunity for fruit and vegetable growers to determine how their on-farm practices align with the Produce Safety Rule. If you’d like to learn more and sign up for your own On-Farm Readiness Review, contact Cristy Dice, Produce Safety Rule program manager, at 303-869-9282 or cristy.dice@state.co.us.

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

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