FSMA Food Safety Inspection Resources and Updates for California Produce Growers

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Event Date
March 03, 2020

Join the CCOF Foundation, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Farmers Guild (CAFF/FG) for a webinar that provides updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule inspection process in California, as well as shares resources produce farmers can use to get into FSMA compliance.

As of January 2020, farms with more than $25,000 in annual produce sales need to be in compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This webinar provides an opportunity for those new to FSMA to find out how the regulations apply to their produce farm, and also provides updates on the FSMA PSR inspection process in California for farms who are already working toward FSMA compliance.

In the first half of the webinar, Kali Feiereisel from CAFF will review the basic PSR compliance categories and share a variety of resources farmers can utilize to get their food safety questions answered and prepare for a FSMA PSR Inspection.

In the second half of the webinar, we will be joined by the CDFA Central Coast FSMA Inspector, Avery Cromwell. In California, PSR Inspections are conducted by the CDFA’s Produce Safety Program. Cromwell will review how CDFA conducts PSR Inspections in California and provide updates and lessons learned from CDFA’s first year of conducting inspections in 2019.

About Our Speakers

Kali Feiereisel serves as CAFF’s senior manager for farmer services. She provides food safety technical assistance to farmers as they further develop their practices to meet new requirements. In addition to being an organic farmer, Feiereisel 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.

Avery Cromwell is the environmental scientist-inspector for CDFA’s Produce Safety Program on the Central Coast. He is responsible for conducting inspections of the Produce Safety Rule on the central coast in California. Cromwell earned his graduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in plant physiology and genomics.

About Our Partners

USDA NIFA: This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number USDA-NIFA-FSMA-2018-70020-28869.

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