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.
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.
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.
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.