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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 Zoom (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:

March 26, 2019 - Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Discussion

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 3-4:30pm Eastern

Topic: Draft PSR Guidance Discussion
Speakers: The PSA Team
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No registration is necessary. The call will be recorded and posted on our website after the meeting.


Module 2 - Focus on Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training

February 25, 2019 | Attendance: 99 | Call #36

Speakers: Darrell McGuire, Food Safety Specialist, Deep South Food Alliance; Joan Olson, Farmer/Owner, Prairie Drifter Farm


Postharvest Sanitizers for Fruits & Vegetables

October 29, 2018 | Attendance: 104 | Call #35
Speakers: Dr. Amanda Deering, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Purdue University; Ms. Donna Pahl Clements, PSA Southwest Extension Associate


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

September 24, 2018 | Attendance: 61 | Call #34
Organizer: Dr. Connie Fisk, Northwest Extension Associate, PSA
Speakers: Dr. Connie Fisk


On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) Program & Toolkit

July 31, 2018 | Attendance: 85 | Call #33
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 | Call #32
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 | Call #31
Speaker: Dr. Don Stoeckel, Midwest Extension Associate, PSA


Water Summit Summary & Ag Water Resources

March 26, 2018 | Attendance: 65 | Call #30


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

February 5, 2018 | Attendance: 81 | Call #29
Guest speaker: Jennifer Dougherty, USDA Audit Programs Coordinator


Focus on Food Safety & Wildlife

January 8, 2018 | Attendance: 54 | Call #28
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 | Call #27


PSA Updates and Agricultural Water Challenges Discussion

August 29, 2017 | Attendance: 80 | Call #26


Update on Produce Safety Educational Resources Around the Country

July 25, 2017 | Attendance: 61 | Call #25


Soil Summit Summary

May 4, 2017 | Attendance: 91 | Call #24


2016 Wrap Up Call

December 5, 2016 | Attendance: 72 | Call #23


Established Partnerships for Supporting In-State Produce Safety

September 19, 2016 | Attendance: 82 | Call #22


Updates from the Produce Safety Alliance

August 15, 2016 | Attendance: 72 | Call #21


Updates from the Sprout Safety Alliance and Preventive Controls Alliance

June 13, 2016 | Attendance: 54 | Call #20


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

May 23, 2016 | Attendance: 56 | Call #19


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

April 25, 2016 | Attendance: 69 | Call #18
Guests: Bob Ehart, Senior Policy & Science Advisor, NASDA
Art Johnstone, Produce Safety Project Manager, NASDA


GroupGAP Certification 

March 21, 2016 | Attendance: 44 | Call #17a
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 | Call #16a
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 | Call #17


Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance & Sprout Safety Alliance Updates

April 6, 2015 | Attendance: 42 | Call #16
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 | Call #15


FSMA Produce Safety Rule Supplemental Discussion

November 10, 2014 | Attendance: 29 | Call #14


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

October 20, 2014 | Call #11
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 | Call #11
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 | Call #10
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 | Call #10
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 | Call #9
Guest: Sherri McGarry, Senior Advisor, FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine


PSA National Training Needs & Survey Review

April 7, 2014 | Attendance: 31 | Call #8


Review of Soil Amendment Use Survey Responses

March 3, 2014 | Attendance: 19 | Call #7


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

February 10, 2014 | Attendance: 37 | Call #6A


Environmental Impact Assessment on Proposed Produce Safety Rule

January 13, 2014 | Attendance: 37 | Call #5
Guest: Dr. Annette McCarthy, Consumer Safety Officer, FDA CFSAN


USDA GroupGAP

December 9, 2013 | Attendance: 41 | Call #4
Guests: Ken Petersen, Audit Programs Managers, USDA-AMS


Discussion on Manure Handling & NOP Requirements

November 18, 2013 | Attendance: 51 | Call #3


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

October 15, 2013 | Attendance: 48 | Call #2


Discussion & Feedback on FDA Fact Sheets & Resources for Farmers

September 9, 2013 | Attendance: 64 | Call #1


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