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Soil Summits

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has RESERVED part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule regarding the application intervals for untreated  Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin (BSAAO) that was published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2015. Marking this section as RESERVED was as a result of stakeholder concerns with application intervals in the proposed rule. The FDA is conducting additional research, working with other researchers, and working to conduct a formal risk assessment. The Soil Summits are designed to allow growers and others in the produce industry to provide information and insights that can inform this process to ensure FDA has a good understanding of how untreated BSAAO are used on produce farms and the challenges growers face on implementing practices to reduce risks.
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Southeastern Soil Summit Resources - January 21 - 22, 2018 Atlanta, Georgia

  • FSMA Produce Safety Rule Standards for Soil Amendments
    This presentation authored by Dr. David Ingram, FDA Division of Produce Safety, Fresh Produce Branch provides clarification on requirements and future guidance regarding biological soil amendments of animal origin. The presentation was given by Dr. Kristin Woods, Produce Safety Alliance, Regional Extension Associate, due to the government shutdown at the time of the Southeastern Soil Summit.
  • Current FDA Efforts on Risk Assessment & Research
    This presentation authored by Dr. David Ingram, FDA Division of Produce Safety, Fresh Produce Branch, provides information on the need for conducting a risk assessment, regulatory context, and FDA’s next steps. The presentation was given by Dr. Michele Jay-Russell, Research Microbiologist & Manager at the UC Davis Western Center for Food Safety, due to the government shutdown at the time of the Southeastern Soil Summit.
  • Risk Assessment Activities
    These slides, presented by Dr. Michele Jay-Russell, Research Microbiologist & Manager at the UC Davis Western Center for Food Safety, were given along with the presentation Current FDA Efforts on Risk Assessment & Research to provide additional information on activities being conducted by the Regional Centers.
  • Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessments
    This presentation by Dr. Michelle Danyluk, Associate Professor of Food Science at the University of Florida, provides an overview of the process for conducting a risk assessment, risk communication, and risk management. 
  • Food Safety Outreach Program Funding Opportunities
    This presentation authored by Dr. Jodi Williams, National Program Leader, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides information on funding opportunities available for outreach efforts specifically related to food safety. The presentation was given by Dr. Kristin Woods, Produce Safety Alliance, Regional Extension Associate, due to the government shutdown at the time of the Southeastern Soil Summit.
  • Current Challenges Facing the Industry
    This presentation by Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton, Associate Professor of Vegetable Horticulture at the University of Florida, provides an overview of compost components, types of composting, composting practices, and regulatory requirements. 

South Central Soil Summit Resources - December 12 - 13, 2017 Houston, Texas