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.

Do you need to comply with the Produce Safety Rule? Do you have questions about the Produce Safety Rule? Do you want to learn more about produce safety in general?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, plan to attend a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training in your area.

What you need to know about all PSA Grower Training Courses offered by the Colorado Food Safety Collaborative, which is comprised of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Fort Lewis College:

  • Cost: $50 which includes a light breakfast, lunch, PSA materials, and a certificate of completion as required under FSMA. Second person from same farm business may register for $15. Note that attendees must be present for the entire course to receive a certificate.
  • Course description: 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 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 
  • Please note: It is required for a representative from each farm that is covered under the Produce Safety Rule to attend a PSA Grower Training. This is a one-time training. 


Southwest Colorado, Feb. 7, 2020

7:30am – 5:00pm

Bayfield Town Hall

1199 Bayfield Pkwy, Bayfield, CO 81122

More information & registration for the Feb. 7 training:

Registration deadline: Feb. 3, 5pm

Questions about this training? Beth LaShell at:  or 970-385-4574


Aurora (Denver Metro Area), Feb. 10, 2020

7:30am – 5:00pm

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Regional Park

25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80016

More information & registration for this training: :

Registration deadline: Feb. 6, 5pm

Questions about this training?  970-491-3330 or


Eastern Colorado, Feb. 20, 2020

7:30am – 5:00pm

Morgan County Fairgrounds – 4-H Building

750 Ellsworth St., Brush, CO 80723

More information & registration for this training: :

Registration deadline: Feb. 18, 5pm

Questions about this training?  970-491-3330 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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