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Produce Safety Educators Group - Meeting Notes and Resources

The Produce Safety Educators Group was formed in 2013 for the purpose of keeping educators, specifically those who are focused on produce safety outreach and extension, up-to-date on the latest educational resources, training opportunities, regulatory updates, and produce industry initiatives. The group includes over 200 educators from across the country, primarily from Extension and other produce industry organizations. Meeting agendas are created in response to the group’s request for discussion topics or as pertinent events and updates occur. The meeting typically lasts no more than 1 hour and is hosted via WebEx (toll-free) to share slides and audio.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Michele Humiston to be added to the listserv. Previous meeting notes, presentations, and audio recordings are archived below.

Next Call:

Date & Time: October 29, 2018, 2PM Eastern

Topic: Sanitizers

Speakers: Dr. Amanda Deering, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Purdue University

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Dial toll-free: 1 877 853 5247, Meeting ID: 187 006 091

How to Avoid "Stepping in It" at your PSA Grower Training

September 24, 2018 | Attendance: 61
Organizer: Dr. Connie Fisk, Northwest Extension Associate, PSA
Speakers: Dr. Connie Fisk

On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) Program & Toolkit

July 31, 2018 | Attendance: 85
Organizer: Dr. Kristin Woods, Southeast Extension Associate, PSA
Speakers: Dr. Michelle Danyluk, University of Florida; Mr. Bob Ehart, NASDA

PSA Lead Trainer Process, Lead Trainer Challenges, Improving Trainer Competencies, & Professional Development Opportunities for Produce Safety Educators

June 25, 2018 | Attendance: 48
Speaker: Donna Pahl, Southwest Extension Associate, PSA

Shine Some Light Down that Rabbit Hole: Coverage & Exclusions in the PSA Grower Training

May 21, 2018 | Attendance: 78
Speaker: Dr. Don Stoeckel, Midwest Extension Associate, PSA

Water Summit Summary & Ag Water Resources

March 26, 2018 | Attendance: 65

Updates on the USDA Harmonized & USDA Harmonized Plus+ GAPs Audits

February 5, 2018 | Attendance: 81
Guest speaker: Jennifer Dougherty, USDA Audit Programs Coordinator

Focus on Food Safety & Wildlife

January 8, 2018 | Attendance: 54
Guest speaker: Dr. Paula Rivadeneira, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water, & Environmental Science at the University of Arizona - Yuma Agricultural Center

State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program

October 2, 2017 | Attendance: 76

PSA Updates and Agricultural Water Challenges Discussion

August 29, 2017 | Attendance: 80

Update on Produce Safety Educational Resources Around the Country

July 25, 2017 | Attendance: 61

Soil Summit Summary

May 4, 2017 | Attendance: 91

2016 Wrap Up Call

December 5, 2016 | Attendance: 72

Established Partnerships for Supporting In-State Produce Safety

September 19, 2016 | Attendance: 82

Updates from the Produce Safety Alliance

August 15, 2016 | Attendance: 72

Updates from the Sprout Safety Alliance and Preventive Controls Alliance

June 13, 2016 | Attendance: 54

    Background & Research Needs on Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin (BSAAO)

    May 23, 2016 | Attendance: 56

    State Implementation of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Background, Vision, & Current Efforts

    April 25, 2016 | Attendance: 69
    Guests: Bob Ehart, Senior Policy & Science Advisor, NASDA
    Art Johnstone, Produce Safety Project Manager, NASDA

    GroupGAP Certification 

    March 21, 2016 | Attendance: 44
    Guest: Donna Burke-Fonda Assistant Branch Chief, Audit Services Branch, Specialty Crops Inspection Division

    FSMA Preventive Controls Rule: Farm Definition 

    October 13, 2015 | Attendance: 62
    Guest: Jenny Scott, FDA Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

    PSA Updates: Grower and Train-the-Trainer Manuals & Trainer Certification Process

    May 11, 2015 | Attendance: 46

    Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance & Sprout Safety Alliance Updates

    April 6, 2015 | Attendance: 42
    Guests: Mr. Gerald Wojtala, Executive Director, IFPTI
    Dr. Kaiping Deng, Senior Scientist, IIT-IFSH

    PSA Updates: Milestones and Summary of Training Pilots

    February 23, 2015 | Attendance: 56

    FSMA Produce Safety Rule Supplemental Discussion

    November 10, 2014 | Attendance: 29

    Proposed FSMA Rule Supplemental Overviews - FSVP, PSR, and PC Rules

    October 20, 2014 
    Guests: Mr. Brian Pendleton, J.D. – Senior Policy Advisor, FDA; Dr. Samir Assar – Produce Safety Staff Director, FDA; Dr. Mickey Parish – Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety; Ms. Joy Johanson and Dr. Michael Mahovic, Consumer Safety Officers Produce Safety Staff; Ms. Scarlett Salem, Produce Safety Staff; Dr. Rita Nalubola, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Policy; Ms. Kruti Ravaliya, ORISE Fellow

    FDA Findings from the 2013 Cantaloupe Packinghouse Sampling Assignment

    August 27, 2014 | Attendance: 66
    Guests: Dr. Mike Mahovic, Consumer Safety Officer; Ms. Scarlett Salem, Staff Fellow; and Ms. Annemarie Buchholz, Consumer Safety Officer, FDA-CFSAN 

    FDA's Operational Strategy for Implementing FSMA

    July 7, 2014 | Attendance: 95
    Guest: Kathy Gombas, Deputy Director of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Update from the Sprout Safety Alliance & PSA Updates

    June 2, 2014 | Attendance: 35
    Guests: Ms. Robin Kalinowski – Director, Center for Specialty Programs, Institute of Food Safety and Health
    Dr. Tong-Jen Fu - Research Chemical Engineer, FDA Division of Food Processing Science and Technology

    FDA Traceability Efforts

    May 5, 2014 | Attendance: 40
    Guest: Sherri McGarry, Senior Advisor, FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine

    PSA National Training Needs & Survey Review

    April 7, 2014 | Attendance: 31

    Review of Soil Amendment Use Survey Responses

    March 3, 2014 | Attendance: 19

    Discussion about Soil Amendment Use & Produce Packing, Holding, & Handling Activities On Farms

    February 10, 2014 | Attendance: 37

    Environmental Impact Assessment on Proposed Produce Safety Rule

    January 13, 2014 | Attendance: 37
    Guest: Dr. Annette McCarthy, Consumer Safety Officer, FDA CFSAN

    USDA GroupGAP

    December 9, 2013 | Attendance: 41
    Guests: Ken Petersen, Audit Programs Managers, USDA-AMS

    Discussion on Manure Handling & NOP Requirements

    November 18, 2013 | Attendance: 51

    PSA Updates: Curriculum Development, Trainer Qualifications, and AFDO Certificates

    October 15, 2013 | Attendance: 48

    Discussion & Feedback on FDA Fact Sheets & Resources for Farmers

    September 9, 2013 | Attendance: 64

    Educator Perspectives of the Produce Safety Rule: Facilitated Discussion

    June 18, 2013 | Attendance: 21
    Guests: Dr. Samir Assar, Director, FDA Produce Safety Staff; Dr. Linda Harris, Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis; Ms. Sue Challis, Health Comm. Specialist, Office of the Deputy Comm. for Foods & Vet Medicine; Ms. Scarlett Salem, FDA Staff Fellow