Food Safety Modernization Act


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 the Cooperative Agreement, Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) will provide statewide training and outreach for the Produce Safety Rule. The AZDA facilitates the required Produce Safety Alliance – Produce Safety Rule Grower Training (See Below in Future Grower Training Courses). Training staff will also provide one-on-one consultations during a scheduled On-Farm Readiness Review to help farms understand and better comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

The Cooperative Agreement also covers regulatory oversight and compliance, for which the Arizona Department of Agriculture has gained legislative authority after Arizona farmers opted for AZDA inspectors.

For a quick reference to the Produce Safety Rule, please see FSMA PSR KEY REQUIREMENTS

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 Alliance 

Grower Training Course Information

The Food Safety Grower Training curriculum has been specifically designed to provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices knowledge that includes emphasis on co-management of food safety and environmental management goals, while outlining the requirements in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. It 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 food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).'

Benefits of Attending the Course:

Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of: 

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduces risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a Farm Food Safety Plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule
  • Receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) verifying completion of course

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 [email protected] or 602-542-0978 with any questions or concerns.


Produce Safety Rule - Scheduled Grower Training Courses

The February PSA Grower Training Course will be offered at the University of Arizona, Yuma Agriculture Center, located at 6425 W. 8th Street Yuma, Arizona 85364 on February 05, 2019. If you are interested in registering for the course please follow the link to the registration form. Registration begins at 7:30 am and lunch will be provided. 


2019 PSA Grower Training 


U of A Yuma Agriculture Center

6425 W. 8th St., Yuma, AZ 85364

8 am – 5 pm


U of A Cooperative Extension

4341 E. Broadway Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85040

8 am – 5 pm


Tucson CEAC

1951 E. Roger Rd., Tucson, AZ 85719

8 am – 5 pm


U of A Cooperative Extension

4341 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85040

8 am – 5 pm


Produce Safety Rule Questionnaire

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - Produce Safety Rule, the Arizona Department of Agriculture is required to provide training, inspections, and collect information to maintain a current farm inventory.  In order to complete the following three requirements we need your help! The following questionnaire will help us to obtain current and accurate information as well as the ability to assess stakeholders needs. Please take a moment to fill out the form below and fax the document to 602.542.0898. 


Download the questionnaire

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.


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

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