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PSA Hosts Pilot Train-the-Trainer in Geneva, NY

Dec 18, 2014

Thirty-eight individuals ranging from produce growers, academics, regulators, and produce industry members convened at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY to evaluate the PSA’s proposed Train-the-Trainer program, curriculum materials, and trainer certification process. We cannot thank these individuals enough for their time, effort, and constructive feedback throughout the two day pilot in effort to better refine the final program for national launch. The feedback we received was very positive and we have been working to streamline the curriculum’s slide sets and teaching notes per our reviewer suggestions. The Train-the-Trainer program will be two days of classroom instruction. The PSA will continue discussions related to trainer qualifications and the certification process, so stay tuned for more details regarding how to become a trainer as well as dates and locations of Train-the-Trainer Programs. To date, the PSA does not have any Train-the-Trainer workshops scheduled, but we will send out updates through our general listserv as soon as they become available.

PSA Webinar on the Proposed Produce Rule Supplemental

Oct 23, 2014

The Produce Safety Alliance hosted a one hour webinar and teleconference with the FDA Produce Safety Staff to discuss the proposed Produce Safety Rule Supplemental which was released for comment on September 29th, 2014. Dr. Michael Mahovic, Consumer Safety Officer with the Produce Safety Staff gave an informative presentation on the changes made to the original proposed rule which was followed by a Q & A session. Revisions to the proposed Produce Safety Rule include changes to the water quality standards and testing, raw manure and compost standards, definition of a ‘covered’ farm, clarified procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption, and clarified provisions on wildlife. The comment period will close on December 15, 2014.

Listen to an audio recording of the presentation
Presentation Slides

Produce Safety Alliance Hosted Teleconference and Q & A Session

Jul 7, 2014

Operational Strategy for Implementing the FDA 
Food Safety Modernization Act

Call-in Information:
Dial toll-free: 866-939-3921
Conference ID: 6929468
Date: Monday, July 7th, 2014
Time: 2-3 PM EDT
Fee: No charge
Registration: Open to all.

*Please dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the conference so that the operator can take your name and place you into the conference room. Presented by: Ms. Kathy Gombas, FSMA Change Management Lead, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Click here for the presentation slide set. This meeting is a teleconference only. These slides have been provided should you want to follow along with visuals.

Q&A with FDA staff members will follow the presentation. The operator will provide instructions for how to participate in the question and answer portion during the call. For more information on the Operational Strategy for Implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, visit the complete document here.

Listen to the audio recording here. Questions? Contact Gretchen Wall at glw53@cornell.edu.

PSA-FDA Question & Answer Series

Mar 6, 2013

The Produce Safety Alliance, in collaboration with the FDA, will be hosting a series of Q & A teleconferences to discuss specific sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Produce Safety Rule.  Read more

FSMA Webinar Recording and Slidesets Available!

Feb 13, 2013

Click here for the Webinar presentation slide set.
Click here to view the entire Webinar Presentation recording.
Note: You may be prompted to install the WebEx Network Recording Player; please follow the installation instructions.

*Due to technical audio difficulties, some portions of this presentation may be difficult to hear. Please turn up the volume on your headset or speakers for a better listening experience.

FSMA Webinar Slides and Recordings Coming Soon!

Jan 25, 2013

We appreciate everyone who was able to participate in Thursday's webinar on the Food Safety Modernization Act Proposed Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Rules presented by Erick Snellman of the FDA. We are awaiting FDA clearance to post the webinar slides, full recording, and follow-up to questions that were submitted by participants. We will send out a notification through the list serve when we are able to post the information. If you have not already done so, click here to sign up for the PSA listserv.

FDA Webinar on FSMA Proposed Produce Safety & Preventive Controls Rules

Jan 17, 2013

The Produce Safety Alliance, in collaboration with the FDA, will be hosting a webinar on Thursday January 24, 2013 at 11 AM EST to provide information about the Proposed Produce Safety Rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Dr. Jim Gorny, Senior Advisor for Produce Safety, will present An Overview of FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Proposed Produce Safety & Preventive Controls Rules. This presentation will include reviewing the proposed produce safety rule, how it interacts with the proposed preventive controls rule for human food, and provide details regarding produce rule provisions. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

Please consider reviewing the proposed rules prior to the webinar by following the links below.

Proposed Produce Safety Rule: 
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm334114.htm

Proposed Preventive Controls for Human Food:
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm256826.htm

For more information on how participate in the webinar: 
click here.

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