FSMA Grower Training Classes
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Update
Download the FSMA fact sheet (322 KB PDF file).
Although the FSMA water testing rules are on hold, the other provisions in the Produce Safety Rule are going into effect as previously scheduled.
The first compliance dates for the Produce Safety Rule requirements begin in January 2018 for farms that produce Raw Agricultural Commodities (e.g., onions, carrots, melons, tree fruit, grapes, berries) and have more than $500,000 in annual produce sales. Compliance dates are staggered by farm size, so smaller farms (based on produce sales) have later compliance dates.
To determine if your farm is covered by the Produce Safety Rule and your target compliance dates, complete this self-guided decision tool provided by the University of Idaho: https://uidaho.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8D1ucSlEeq749AF.
The Produce Safety Rule requires that one representative from each covered farm receive training accredited by the FDA. Currently, Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) trainings are the only standardized national training program approved by FDA.
The first grower training classes in the PNW are coming up in November:
Nov 7 - Medford, OR
Nov 7 - Idaho Falls, ID
Nov 9 - Twin Falls, ID
Nov 13 - Aurora, OR
Nov 14 - Hermiston, OR
Nov 14 - Caldwell, ID
Nov 15 - Caldwell, ID
Nov 15 - Hood River, OR
Nov 16 - Payette, ID
Produce Safety Alliance information, including comprehensive list of training classes and how to register:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/food-safety-modernization-act or visit the individual states' websites listed below.
These are national standards, so trainings can be done in either Oregon, Idaho, Washington, or anywhere else.
Please check the full schedule of classes in Idaho at:
Produce Safety Alliance information, including comprehensive list of training classes:
View full alert at: http://pnwpestalert.net/alerts/fsma-grower-training-classes