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.

Getting Good Guidance – How Growers Can Effectively Comment on the Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance

DEADLINE: April 22

By: Jeni Lamb Rogers, Partner, PSL Law Group LLC

After what seems like years of saying “it’s coming,” on farm inspections under the Produce Safety Regulation are actually here. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – or state agencies in states where FDA has entered cooperative agreements with the state agency (like Colorado)—will begin inspecting farms that grow more than $500,000 in produce annually during the January 2019 growing season.

Coinciding with the commencement of inspections, FDA released Oct. 22, 2018 its long-anticipated draft guidance on implementation of the Produce Safety Rule. Read more.

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association is pleased to offer or to coordinate with those organizing the following food safety training courses & webinars:

Training Courses: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training:

These courses satisfy the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule requirement and will provide a foundation about FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information. Breakfast, lunch, certificate and training materials included. Cost is $50 ($15 for additional registrants from the same farm).

1. February 15, 2019 at the community center in El Jebel. Registration:

2. April 4, 2019 at the CSU Extension Office in Colorado Springs. (This training was first scheduled for March 15, so do not be confused with the date in the link.) Registration:

3. April 9, 2019 at the CSU Extension Office in Greeley, 525 N. 15th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631  Registration:


Food Safety Planning Course:
On-farm food safety planning classes help growers meet buyer requirements and organize, manage and document their response to risk mitigation in fresh fruit and vegetable production. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of the current audit and regulatory frameworks, insight from Colorado Department of Agriculture GAPs and FSMA inspectors and help growers to craft a food safety plan for their farms. Cost is $20 and includes lunch and materials.

• February 13, 2019 in Durango at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Registration:


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

  • March 28, 2019 – New Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance – FDA released a guidance document to help growers better understand the Produce Safety Rule. Learn how this information can help you and how you can provide feedback to FDA before the guidance is finalized. Connect at:
  • April 25, 2019 – On Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs) –  Learn how an OFRR can help you get ready for Produce Safety Rule compliance, including inspections, and how you can request one for your farm. Connect at:
  • 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:

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

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

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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