food safety

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.  

Free FSMA Compliance and Food Safety-Related Training for Small Farmers of Leafy Greens in the Santa Maria Valley

What: Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training to help your farm business comply with FSMA legislation, and a second on-farm training covering food safety best practices, business and marketing, and crisis planning at your operation as a follow-up session for interested farmers. 

When: Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Allan Hancock College, Room G106A/B

Cost: Free for small producers of leafy greens

To sign up or get more information, contact:

Overlaps in Food Quality Assurance and Food Safety Programs: A Webinar Series for Food Processors

Developing and implementing food safety plans (required under the Food Safety Modernization Act) can be challenging. Knowledge related to the overall food quality assurance system can enhance the development and implementation of food safety plans by food processors. The goal of this webinar series is to connect concepts and components of food quality assurance programs to food safety. The webinars will be hosted live by Dr. Linda J. Harris, Dr. Erin DiCaprio, and Dr. Luxin Wang from the department of food science and technology at the University of California, Davis.

Organic Farming Systems in the Era of FSMA: Education Sessions at OGS

The organic community on the Central Coast of California and beyond are gearing up for a fruitful exchange of ideas, contacts, and networking at this year’s Organic Grower’s Summit (OGS), hosted by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network, in Monterey, California on December 4-5, 2019. This year is lining up to be a great one with an action-packed line up of speakers, dinners, and extensive exhibition trade show floor. If you haven’t registered, now is the time to reserve your spot!