food safety

FSMA 101 for Organic Processors Webinar Series

Recently passed federal regulations require food processors to meet certain new food safety standards. Join us for a webinar series to learn what your business needs to do to comply. In this 4-part series, we will walk through the different compliance categories of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for food processors as well as review what each category of businesses needs to do to comply. Get your FSMA questions answered in this introductory food safety series for organic processors!

GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Handling Assurance Standard Achieves Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking

GLOBALG.A.P.’s Produce Handling Assurance (PHA) standard has successfully achieved recognition against the Global Food Safety Initiative’s Benchmarking Requirements, Version 2020.1. Congratulations to the GLOBALG.A.P. team for their hard work and effort developing a packinghouse food safety standard that provides choice in the marketplace.  

Congressman Panetta Announces $318,000 Grant to the CCOF Foundation for FSMA Education

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced a $318,300 federal grant for the CCOF Foundation in Santa Cruz, California. The CCOF Foundation will use the USDA-awarded grant to lead a multi-state initiative to support organic food processors through food safety compliance training and education.

Help Produce and Food Safety Associations Develop Trainings on Cleaning and Sanitizing Best Practices

To better understand produce industry’s education and training needs on topics related to cleaning and sanitizing, the Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety invites you to take a short survey. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Food Safety in the Age of COVID-19: FDA Guidance for Producers

For these and other Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcements and guidance for food producers, please visit the FDA’s webpage on Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Excerpts of FDA guidance relevant for food producers, facilities, and retail establishments are below: 

Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.  

CCOF Food Safety Certification By and For Organic Producers

CCOF is excited to continue offering food safety certification by and for organic producers in the 2020 production season. Not only do we cover your organic crops and handling, but we can also audit your non-organic acreage alongside your organic or transitioning acreage while we’re out there. If given enough lead time, CCOF can even combine your organic and your food safety audits in one visit! 

Preparing for Food Safety in 2020

As the shortened days and long nights of winter begin to lighten, organic producers are spending time with family, poring over seed catalogs, considering cropping plans, and maybe even scouting for new ground. While not at the top of the list of things to do, some producers are using the slow winter months to prepare for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements, including obtaining mandatory trainings for key staff, understanding compliance dates, and potentially preparing for buyer-required third party food safety audits.