Food Safety Modernization Act

Produce Safety Rule - Scheduled Grower Training Courses

The Food Safety Grower Training curriculum was developed through a nationwide collaboration including produce growers, extension educators, researchers, produce industry representatives, and government personnel. 

Who Should Attend?

The Grower Training Course is for fruit and vegetable Growers, Harvesters, Packers, Cooler/Holders and others interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management of natural resources, produce safety & food safety.

The course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in CFR 21-112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party from your farm must have successfully completed a food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

The Deliverable:

The course will teach attendees who manage food safety programs and/or food safety professionals the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule. The personnel responsible for food safety will then take the course information back to their respective operations and implement the necessary Produce Safety Rule requirements. The food safety professional can then ensure their operation understands and implements the practices outlined in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The course will also help the food safety professional define the specific backup documentation that will be needed to comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

Please contact Norman Barnett at Nbarnett@azda.gov or 602-542-0978 with any questions or concerns.

Future Grower Training Courses to be scheduled soon.

Produce Safety Rule Questionaire

Under the new FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and PSR (Produce Safety Rule) the Department is required to obtain a Farm Inventory, Provide training and eventually provide inspections.  The first step is to acquire the information necessary to complete a “Farm Inventory”.  This questionnaire will help us to obtain current and accurate information as well as the ability to assess stakeholders needs.

Audience:  All Growers, Packers, Harvesters, and Holders (Coolers) of fresh produce

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What’s New with FSMA Produce Safety Rule in Arizona?

In September 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded the Arizona Department of Agriculture  (AZDA) a five year grant/cooperative agreement to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

Under this Cooperative Agreement, ADA will provide statewide training/outreach for the Produce Safety Rule.  The ADA will facilitate the required Produce Safety Alliance – Produce Safety Rule Grower Training. Once training staff is hired by the ADA, we also will provide one-on-one consultations to help farms understand and comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

The ADA plans to begin training in the fall of 2017.  

The Cooperative Agreement also covers regulatory oversight and compliance, for which the ADA is working to gain legislative authority.  Arizona farmers made it clear last April that they want ADA inspectors on their farms; not FDA inspectors. 

For a quick reference to the Produce Safety Rule, please see FSMA PSR Key Requirements.


About the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

FSMA is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in over 70 years. Signed January 4, 2011, by President Obama, FSMA aims to create an integrated food safety system and improve the quality of food products to the public by reducing foodborne illness.

On September 17, 2015, FDA published the final rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and on November 27, 2015, they published the final rule for Produce Safety.

Regulation Resources: FSMA Overview

The seven major FSMA regulations include:

  1. Produce Safety Rule - Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, & Holding of Produce for Human Consumption
  2. Preventive Controls for Human Foods
  3. Preventive Controls for Animals
  4. Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
  5. Third Party Accreditation
  6. Mitigation of Intentional Adulteration
  7. Sanitary Transportation

 

Produce Safety Questionaire

Under the new FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and PSR (Produce Safety Rule) the Department is required to obtain a Farm Inventory, Provide training and eventually provide inspections.  The first step is to acquire the information necessary to complete a “Farm Inventory”.  This questionnaire will help us to obtain current and accurate information as well as the ability to assess stakeholders needs.

Audience:  All Growers, Packers, Harvesters, and Holders (Coolers) of fresh produce.

 

For more information about FSMA Training, please see FDA's Strategy for FSMA Training.

To contact FDA with FSMA questions or technical assistance, please submit to the Technical Assistance Network.

Questions?

For more information about FSMA and the ADA, please call 602-542-0976.

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