Water used during the production of fruits and vegetables represents a potential pathway for contamination with human pathogens. In the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), microbial quality standards were established for agricultural water that comes in contact with produce to reduce risks associated with agricultural water use. However, FDA received feedback from numerous stakeholders raising concerns that some of these standards may be too complex to understand and too difficult to implement. In response to these concerns, FDA is considering how to address these issues by exploring ways to simplify the PSR standards related to agricultural water.
Join us for an engaging two-day Water Summit that will include informational presentations and break out discussions. Participants will explore challenges related to the requirements of Subpart E – Agricultural Water and discuss potential solutions that are workable while protecting public health. Due to the logistics of facilitating this interactive Water Summit, space will be limited to approximately 100 participants, however, we intend to provide options for participating remotely. Registration and information about remote participation will be available in January 2018.
Radisson Hotel - Cincinnati Riverfront
668 W. 5th Street
Covington, KY 41011
Seats will be limited at the meeting, but remote options will be available.
PSA to Support Additional Soil Summits in December 2017 and January 2018
Oct 4, 2017
Join us for an engaging 1.5 day Soil Summit either in Houston, TX (Dec. 12-13, 2017) or Atlanta, GA (January 21-22, 2018). These Summits will build upon the body of knowledge developed at the first Soil Summit hosted by PSA in March 2017 and will expand to explore regional differences in soil amendment use and challenges. Each Summit will include presentations and break out discussion about the benefits and challenges of the use of biological soil amendments of animal origin (BSAAO) relative to the safety of fresh fruit and vegetable production. Key goals for the summit include identifying barriers to using/producing compost while identifying management strategies, resources, and additional support necessary to assist growers in minimizing food safety risks on the farm, especially when using raw manure. Additionally, produce growers, educators, and researchers will gain a better understanding of current FDA research and risk assessment efforts and the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards included in Subpart F - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin and Human Waste. Come prepared to share your knowledge, thoughts, and innovative ideas!
Join us for an engaging 1.5 day Soil Summit including presentations and break out discussion about the benefits and challenges of raw manure use relative to the safety of fresh fruit and vegetable production. Key goals for the summit include identifying barriers to using/producing compost while identifying management strategies, resources, and additional support necessary to support growers in minimizing food safety risks on the farm, especially when using raw manure. Additionally, produce growers, educators, and researchers will gain a better understanding of current FDA research and risk assessment efforts and the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards included in Subpart F - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin and Human Waste. Come prepared to share your knowledge, thoughts, and innovative ideas!
Cornell is leading a national alliance aimed at improving the safety of fresh produce and helping fruit and vegetable growers meet new regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Based in Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, the Produce Safety Alliance has spent the past four years developing a nationwide Grower Training Curriculum. This involved creating working committees with partners across the country, hosting focus groups with farmers and working closely with the FDA to make sure the curriculum reflects expectations outlined in the regulations. Read more
PSA Hosts Final FSMA Produce Safety Rule Webinar with FDA
Dec 17, 2015
The Produce Safety Alliance hosted a webinar and moderated question and answer session with the FDA Produce Safety Staff on the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule on Thursday December 17th. Dr. Karen Killinger, FDA Staff Fellow, presented an overview of the key provisions within the new regulation. We would like to thank Dr. Killinger, as well as the Produce Safety Staff, for engaging in this informative Q&A session at the conclusion of the call. Updates were provided at the end of the meeting related to the PSA’s training programs.
To listen to the presentation, click here.
View the presentation slides here.
PSA Hosts Two Train-the-Trainer Programs
Jun 1, 2015
The PSA officially launched the PSA Train-the-Trainer Program, hosting two trainings; the first in Kalamazoo, MI attended by 54 participants and the second in Harrisburg, PA attended by 50 participants. A special thank you to our collaborators at Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Michigan State University Extension, Great Lakes Conference on Food Protection, Penn State Extension, and the Pennsylvania Food Safety Resource Center for all of their help in organizing and making these first two trainings a success. We received lots constructive and positive feedback from the first cadre of trainers to help us as we continually improve the course.
PSA Hosts Pilot Grower Training in Hershey, PA
Jan 26, 2015
With the help of Penn State University, the Produce Safety Alliance hosted a pilot training for fresh fruit and vegetable growers at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania. A total of thirty-three growers attended and provided useful feedback on the curriculum’s content and educational materials. The proposed PSA Grower Training will satisfy the FDA proposed Produce Safety Rule requirement that “at least one supervisor or responsible party from the farm to successfully complete food safety training at least equivalent to that received under the standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration [§ 112.22(c)].” The PSA Grower Training is a one day program, with seven curriculum modules including: An Introduction to Produce Safety; Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use; Agricultural Water; Postharvest Handling and Sanitation; and How to Write a Farm Food Safety Plan. The curriculum has been designed to teach growers how to assess food safety risks on the farm, implement practices to reduce risks, and understand the proposed FDA Produce Safety Rule requirements. The curriculum places an emphasis on small and very-small growers, providing solutions for limited resource farms, but is not to the exclusion any farm. For information on how the curriculum was developed, please visit our website to see the PSA Education and Training Materials Conference Proceedings, the Working Committee Summaries, and the Farmer Focus Group Summary.