Webinar: FSMA Food Safety Updates for Produce Growers

Get the latest updates on FSMA for produce growers.

Join the CCOF Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a webinar that provides updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

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. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the three categories farms are classified into under the law: fully exempt, qualified exempt (partially exempt), and fully covered (need to be in full compliance). Presenters from CAFF and FDA’s Division of Produce Safety will share food safety resources available to growers to assist them in meeting FSMA requirements. Additionally, we will review the current water requirements for farms that need to be in full compliance with FSMA Produce Safety Rule. There will be plenty of time for audience questions.

About Our Speakers

Kali Feiereisel serves as CAFF’s farmer services director. 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.

Lianna Kelly joined the FDA’s Division of Produce Safety in December 2020, and is a produce safety expert in the Produce Safety Network. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental toxicology from the University of California, Davis and has worked in food and agriculture for over 9 years. Her experience ranges from small local wineries, where she first learned the importance of cleaning and sanitation, to industrial manufacturing environments. Since 2014, Kelly has worked exclusively in produce food safety. She was the director of food safety for a fresh produce purchasing cooperative where she interacted with over 200 very small to very large produce operations across North America helping to understand and improve food safety practices.

About Our Partners

Funding for the California Specialty Crop Small and Medium Scale Farm Food Safety Technical Assistance Program was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM190100XXXXG008. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

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