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.

January 25 FSMA Produce Safety Rule PSA Grower Training Course

CSU Extension Office | 525 N 15 Ave | Greeley, CO 80631
Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (MST)


The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Colorado Department of Agriculture will be hosting a FSMA Training Course on January 25, 2018 at Island Grove in Greeley.  The training is scheduled from 7:30 am -5:30 pm.

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 is $50 which includes a light breakfast, lunch, PSA materials, and a certificate of completion as required under FSMA.

Agenda:   English

Registration closes January 23 at 5 pm.

Questions? 970-491-3330


Recall Readiness & Crisis Management Workshop

Nov. 14, 2017   Brighton, Colo

“After attending the United Fresh Recall Ready (training) earlier this year, I realized how unprepared I was and how important it is to have a plan in place. Just like a car accident, even if you aren’t directly involved, it can have big impacts on what you do. I would encourage every grower to sign up for this workshop.”

—Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association has assembled a team of experts to help growers prepare for a variety of food safety occurrences just in case the unthinkable happens. Plan to attend Recall Readiness and Crisis Management Workshop, Nov. 14, 8am- 4:30pm at the Adams County Fairgrounds, Brighton, Colo. The workshop will be tailored to the produce industry, which has recently come under new FSMA rules. Any grower or individual who works with produce growers is encouraged to attend.

Click here for the workshop flyer.

CFVGA Members attend for half price. Register for the Recall Readiness and Crisis Management Workshop at:

Travel and lodging assistance is available for CFVGA member growers traveling more than 150 miles round-trip to attend the workshop. Click here for the grower incentive form.

Click here for a blank W9 

Lodging Option

Quality Inn
15150 Brighton Road
Brighton, CO 80601

Room Block Dates
Check in:11/13/2017
Check out: 11/15/2017

Room Rate: $84/night
Number of rooms: 20 rooms are in the block for each night
Group Name: Recall Ready Training
Date to Reserve by: Need to book rooms by 10/30/2017, after that the group rate expires

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

Sponsors for The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

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