FSMA Basics for Small and Medium-Sized Produce Farms

Esta página aún no está disponible en Español.
Event Date
March 03, 2019

Join the CCOF Foundation, Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Farmers Guild (CAFF/FG) for a webinar that clarifies the basic Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for small and medium-sized produce farms. 

Not sure what the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) means for your small or medium-sized organic farm? Join us for a webinar that explains the compliance categories for produce farms under FSMA and highlights the recordkeeping requirements for each category. Then, we will share recordkeeping templates for farms that qualify for FSMA exemptions. Know what records to have ready if your farm is selected for a FSMA inspection by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

Produce farms in California are subject to FSMA inspections by CDFA. Even if your farm qualifies for an exemption from FSMA you still need to keep records to prove that you qualify for the exemption. A FSMA inspector may request these records when visiting your farm and/or during a pre-inspection phone call. 

If you are not sure how FSMA impacts your farm, you are in the right place. During this webinar our speaker Kali Feiereisel from CAFF/FG will review FSMA basics for small to mid-sized produce farms. Get an overview of the FSMA compliance categories, as well as the timeline for when farms need to comply. Then learn the different recordkeeping requirements for each category. For farms that qualify for FSMA exemptions, we will highlight recordkeeping templates farms can use to document their exemption status.

Recordkeeping requirements for farms that must fully comply with FSMA will be highlighted the second webinar in this series Organic and Food Safety Recordkeeping for Produce Growers. This webinar will also touch on strategies to combine food safety recordkeeping with the records your farm already keeps for organic certification.

About Our Speaker

Kali Feiereisel serves as CAFF and the FG’s food safety specialist. She provides food safety technical assistance to farmers as they further develop their practices to meet new requirements. In addition to her background in diversified vegetable production, Feiereisel recently studied food safety, local food systems, and food and agriculture policy while completing her graduate degree in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.

About Our Partners

NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture): This work is supported by the Food Safety Outreach Program Grant No. 2018-70020-28879 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.