Blog posts by food safety

Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, January 28, 2019 on food safety, inspection


CCOF Food Safety

The winter months are when organic producers are busy pouring over seed catalogs, considering planting schedules and reviewing land or sales contracts. While not at the very top of the list of things to do, scheduling annual organic and food safety inspections also deserves attention. CCOF would like to help!Overlapping regulations and requirements for modern farms have many producers experiencing “audit fatigue”. Since the inception of our food safety program, organic growers have been asking for a combined organic and food safety inspection to cut down the time spent reviewing documents and...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, January 7, 2019 on food safety, general organic, labeling and packaging, regulatory

The USDA released its final rule for labeling genetically modified (GM) foods in December, two-and-a-half years after Congress passed a federal labeling law. In a significant win for organic, all certified organic products, including the label categories “100% Organic”, “Organic”, and “Made with Organic” are exempt from the labeling requirement. The exemption does not apply to products with less than 70 percent organically produced ingredients. Very small food manufacturers, restaurants, and retailers who prepare food on-site are also exempt from the labeling rule. For the purpose of this...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, January 7, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, events, food safety, general organic, grower

Tickets for the CCOF Foundation food safety workshops in Pacific Grove, CA are going fast. While our workshop in English has sold out, there is still space left in our Spanish food safety workshop. Hosted on January 23 in conjunction with the 2019 EcoFarm Conference, the workshop meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers. Thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, tickets cost only $35. Don’t miss the January 15 deadline to purchase tickets!You do not need to attend the entire EcoFarm conference to attend the...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, December 17, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, events, food safety, general organic, grower

Join the CCOF Foundation on January 23, 2019 in Pacific Grove, California for the final trainings in our FSMA food safety workshop series. The workshops will be offered in English and Spanish and meet the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers.  Thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, workshop tickets only cost $35 per attendee. Without grant support, these trainings can cost hundreds of dollars per person.  Our January trainings are hosted as pre-conference events at the 2019 EcoFarm conference. You do not need to...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, October 15, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events, food safety, general organic

Does your farm still need a supervisor to take a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA)-approved workshop that meets the FSMA training requirement for produce growers? If so, join the CCOF Foundation in Santa Rosa on November 7 and check the training off your list. Normally, these trainings can cost hundreds of dollars per person, but thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the CCOF Foundation is offering these trainings for $35 per attendee. The ticket price includes course materials, lunch, and certificate fees. During the day-long workshop, trainers will cover...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 on food safety, water

Are you looking for more information on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) agricultural production water requirements for produce farms? Have you heard that you may need to test your irrigation water to comply with FSMA, but aren’t sure what is the best way to go about doing it?  Join the CCOF Foundation and the Western Center for Food Safety on October 10 for a webinar that highlights practical guidelines on how to get ready for the agricultural production water requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Learn microbiology basics to help you better understand the water requirements...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, September 17, 2018 on food safety, general organic, inspection

Organic producers are busy and have a lot going on, especially during harvest. Overlapping regulations and requirements for a modern farm and all the inspections that result have many producers experiencing “audit fatigue.” Since the inception of CCOF’s food safety program, organic growers have been asking for a combined food safety and organic inspection to reduce the amount of time these inspections take them away from what they love to do: work their farms.  CCOF, an organization that is governed by a board of organic producers, heard you loud and clear. We began cross-training GlobalG.A.P...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 21, 2018 on CCOF, education, events, food safety, general organic, grower, pests and pesticides

Organic Grower Summit December 12-13, 2018 at the Monterey Conference Center   The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will again serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event.    To date, OGS has secured over 45 committed exhibitors and 35 sponsoring companies.   Among participating exhibitors are leaders in the fields of seed, soil amendments, food safety, and ag technology...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, April 16, 2018 on events, food safety, general organic

GLOBALG.A.P. is pleased to announce the publication of the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) v1.1. The HPSS offers a food safety and farm assurance solution for the unique needs of the North American marketplace. HPSS is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted by many of the largest retailers in North America and beyond.     HPSS also aligns with the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The GLOBALG.A.P. HPSS includes verbatim the Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative's Harmonized Standards. The Initiative's...
Written by Jacob Guth on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 on events, food safety, general organic


Join us at the CCOF headquarters in Santa Cruz to hear from the technical experts at GLOBALG.A.P. about how their newly updated Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) v1.1 helps producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).    The May 2-4, 2018 GLOBALG.A.P. Capacity Building & Farm Assurer Workshop will consist of two days of classroom learning and one day of practical, on-farm inspection experience with the new HPSS v1.1 standard. The HPSS offers a food safety and farm assurance solution for the unique needs of the North American marketplace. HPSS is recognized by...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, food safety

Tickets are going fast! Produce growers, don’t miss the opportunity to attend this workshop that meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce farms at a discounted rate. The CCOF Foundation’s Fresno Region FSMA workshop sold out, but tickets are still available for the Sacramento region workshop on March 28. Thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, workshop tickets only cost $35 per attendee. Without grant support, these trainings can cost hundreds of dollars per person.   If you can’t make it to the March 28 workshop, the...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 18, 2017 on food safety, general organic, international, organic market, research

Asia is showing some of the highest growth in the global organic food market. New research by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) shows that some Asian countries’ markets are reporting double-digit growth rates, with regional sales poised to reach $10 billion in the coming years.    As will be shown at the Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit, two of the fastest growing markets for organic products are in China and India. Growing awareness of organic production methods and rising disposable incomes are fueling demand for organic and sustainable foods.     Concerns...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, February 27, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, food safety

On Monday, produce growers from across Northern California gathered in Sacramento for a workshop on on-farm food safety. Taught by Atina Diffley—organic farmer and author of the book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works—workshop participants put together action plans to address food safety on their individual operations. In building their plans, growers considered market needs, as well as the new federal food safety regulations. Particularly relevant to organic farmers, participants used maps of their farms to conduct field and land use risk assessments so they can balance on-farm...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 5, 2016 on food safety, research

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) is researching how the produce industry will fare economically under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and grower participation in the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2016 Vegetable Chemical Use Survey is vital to the success of the study. You may have received a postcard notifying you that you were selected to participate in this survey. It is being distributed randomly to vegetable growers in 19 states. One question on the survey covers biological pesticides. Other questions ask about practices commonly used by organic growers...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, November 28, 2016 on events, food safety

CCOF is hosting a three-day GLOBALG.A.P. IFA-Crops-Fruit & Veg v5.0-2 / PSS Training. If you want to learn more about GLOBALG.A.P. and food safety certification, you won’t want to miss this educational event December 5-7, 2016 at the CCOF office in Santa Cruz, California. Join the food safety and GLOBALG.A.P. experts for a three-day educational experience that includes two days of classroom instruction and one day of on-farm practical inspection experience on a certified organic farm. This training is perfect for producers considering a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification,...

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