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.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule PSA Grower Training Course
May 11, 2017 | Broomfield, Colorado

This course utilizes curriculum developed by the Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell and satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

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 includes a light breakfast, lunch, PSA materials and a certificate of completion required under FSMA.

Registration closes May 8

Agenda | Registration

Questions? 970-491-3330


2017 Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium
in DENVER June 20 – 21

CPS is a collaborative partnership that leverages the combined expertise of industry, government and the scientific and academic communities to focus on providing research needs to continually enhance food safety. This level of collaboration allows CPS to fill the knowledge gaps on produce food safety. To meet this objective CPS has funded 100 research projects over the past 7 years and the annual Research Symposium is one of the key opportunities to transfer this knowledge into the real world to help ensure positive food safety outcomes.

Members scholarship details and process (provided by CFVGA):

  • $340 reimbursement on registration fees paid
  • $140/night reimbursement for up to 3 nights lodging at the Hyatt Regency DTC paid if travel over 80 miles one way to the Hyatt Regency DTC
  • Apply online at
  • Don’t have to wait to register but CFVGA is not committed to reimbursement until scholarship is awarded

Member recipients will:

  • Provide original receipts showing proof of payment for registration and lodging
  • Provide a presentation either at the 2018 CFVGA Annual Conference or at other CFVGA hosted events in your region regarding what you learned at the 2017 CPS research symposium

Registration opens March 1 (first 100 registrants receive $50 off the fee)

  • March 15 – April 30:  $475.00
  • May 1 – June 9:  $575.00
  • June 9  to registration close:  $625.00
  • Academic registration is $50 less for each time period

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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