CDFA Offering FSMA On-Farm Readiness Reviews

In 2019, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will begin conducting Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) inspections on produce farms. In preparation for these inspections, CDFA is offering practice FSMA inspections, which CDFA refers to as On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs). Read the blog post below for more information.
 
While an OFRR is a practice inspection, it is important to note that CDFA inspectors are still required to report egregious food safety conditions that could lead to a public health issue if not immediately corrected. If an egregious condition is found during an OFRR, CDFA may be required to contact the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for further investigation and/or enforcement.
 
CDFA Offering FSMA On-Farm Readiness Reviews
 
The CDFA is currently offering practice inspections (known as On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs)) in preparation for the FSMA food safety inspections that will start in 2019.
 
This is a free and voluntary educational offering. CDFA will come out to your farm, review the farming practices, and answer any questions you have on FSMA. All notes and information produced on the farm are yours to keep, ensuring confidentiality. The practice inspection will last about two hours and will give farmers the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with Produce Safety Rule experts.
 
If you would like to invite neighboring farmers to the OFRR CDFA would be happy to have guest observers. This is an opportunity for farmers to meet the regulators, learn about the Produce Safety Rule, and maintain California's safe produce supply.
 
How to Schedule an On-Farm Readiness Review
 
Contact Shelley Phillips at Shelley.Phillips@cdfa.ca.gov  or (916) 900-5030 to schedule an OFRR. 
 
Please be prepared to provide the following information: 
  1. Farm name and location
  2. A contact person and how to contact you
  3. What produce do you grow, harvest, pack, or cool?
  4. When are you harvesting?
  5. Have you completed the PSA Grower Training?
 
Please note that the PSA Grower Training is required before scheduling an OFRR, and it is preferable to schedule an OFRR during harvest periods.
 
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This article was submitted by Shelley Phillips, supervisory environmental scientist, and Avery Cromwell, environmental scientist-inspector, both from the Central Coast Region, Produce Safety Program, California Department of Food and Agriculture.
 
The California Produce Safety Program is a unit operating under the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Inspection Services Division. It exists to help California produce farmers understand how to comply with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
 
 
 

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