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We are pleased to pass along the press releases from this morning announcing that USDA has achieved technical equivalency of the USDA Harmonized GAP Plus+ audit program by the Global Food Safety Initiative.

 

USDA Press Release

 

GFSI Press Release

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ken Petersen or a member of the USDA SCI Audit Services Branch at scaudits@ams.usda.gov or 202-720-5021. 

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PSA GROWER TRAINING

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c) that requires 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

Click here to view the full list of grower training's offered across the United States.

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Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule

WHAT: This is a $15.00 one-day workshop being offered to produce growers. The training will cover the standardized curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:
• Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them successfully;
• Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm;
• How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; and
• Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.

WHO: Any produce grower who grows, packs, harvests, and/or holds covered produce, makes over $25,000 in annual produce sales (on average, based on the past three years of sales), and does not qualify for a Produce Safety Rule exemption is required to attend this training under new federal regulations. As of January 2018, larger grower operations (with more than $500,000 in annual sales) must comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

WHY: This PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c), which requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lunch provided by Tift County UGA Extension Service

WHERE: Tift County Extension Office
1468 Carpenter Road South
Tifton, GA 31793

REGISTRATION: To register, please follow the link: http://bit.ly/tiftpsagrowertraining

 

*Registration deadline: June 24th

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