July 31, 2017: The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety uploaded their webinar on an education tool they are helping to develop, referred to as On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR). OFRR is designed as a tool to help regulators and educators effectively prepare farmers for compliance with FSMA’s produce safety rule.
July 20, 2017: The Southern Center for FSMA Training has released content from their FSMA training workshop, which includes information about FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule, Preventive Controls and Human Foods Rule, and Foreign Supplier Verification Program. In addition, information about the Produce Safety Network was included.
May, 2017: The Produce Safety Alliance published a factsheet designed to help navigate the recordkeeping requirements of FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule, including several example recordkeeping documents.
March 6, 2017: The Sprout Safety Alliance has uploaded their webinar entitled, “Overview of Draft Guidance to Industry: Compliance with and Recommendations for Implementing FDA’s Produce Safety Rule for Sprout Operations”.
March, 2017: The Sprout Safety Alliance has made the second edition of their training curriculum available on their website. This document is intended to help producers come into compliance with the sprout operations section of FSMA’s Produce Safety rule.
August 1, 2016: The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) is building a national competency-based learning system for food officials. This system seeks to offer all food officials high-quality food safety training with the hope of establishing a truly integrated food safety system.
For more information about the National Coordination Center, visit IFTPI’s website at: https://ifpti.org/about/
March 23, 2017: The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers association, in conjunction with Colorado State University and the Colorado Department of Agriculture, has uploaded their webinar, the “Implementation of FSMA in Colorado”. This 55-minute video briefly covers the 7 rules of FSMA, and delves deeper into the water provisions found under the Produce Safety Rule.
March 2, 2017: Colorado State University released, “The Intersection of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the National Organic Program (NOP)”, a document explaining the differences and similarities between the FDA’s FSMA and the USDA’s National Organic Program. The aim of this document is to help organic farmers through the transition to FSMA rules and regulations.
January, 2016: Dr. Barbara Rasco, a professor in the joint WSU and U of I Food Science program, published an article explaining the differences between food processors and farms and the major changes FSMA introduces to both.
December 11, 2016: The University of Hawaii uploaded a presentation that hits the major points of FSMA’s Produce Rule and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and how these will affect growers in Hawaii.
August 3, 2016: A collaborative effort between researchers at University of Arizona and the California-based Center for Produce Safety has resulted in the app, Ag Water. Ag Water makes it easier to determine if a water source is safe to use on crops. It accomplishes this by running the necessary calculations as outlined by FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule and by predicting the quality of a water source in real time using historical water quality data and weather information.