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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

Geneva Soil Summit Resources – March 28-29, 2017 Geneva, New York

  • Produce Safety Rule Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin
    This presentation by Dr. David Ingram, FDA Division of Produce Safety, Fresh Produce Branch provides clarification on Produce Safety Rule requirements and future guidance regarding biological soil amendments of animal origin (BSAAOs). This presentation also includes information on a technical forum to discuss research on soil amendments.
  • Current FDA Risk Assessment Efforts 
    This presentation is by Dr. Amir Mokhtari, FDA Division of Produce Safety, Fresh Produce Branch, and a member of the BSAAO Risk Assessment Team. This presentation describes why a risk assessment is necessary, and provides regulatory context, data sources for the risk assessment, and FDA’s next steps. 
  • Challenges Regarding Compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Subpart F
    This presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Bihn, Director of the Produce Safety Alliance, provides information on challenges that growers may face when complying with Subpart F requirements. These challenges may include understanding key definitions, treatment methods, and aligning regulatory requirements with industry standards.
  • The Quality of Composts – Implications for Use
    This presentation by Ms. Jean Bonhotal, Director of the Cornell Waste Management Institute, gives a background on composting, including feedstocks, potential quality issues, and uses for compost.