FDA’s FSMA webpage
Produce Safety Alliance
OSU Small Farms
University of Hawaii, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)
Colorado State University Extension Produce Safety website
NIFA FSOP grant projects in the Western U.S.
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded various food safety education and outreach projects through their Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP). The following projects in the Western U.S. were funded through this initiative.
Seeds for Increasing Tribal Knowledge in Food Safety
University of Arizona (Arizona - Southwest WRCEFS sub-region)
- This project seeks to provide hands-on training exercises targeted to tribal growers. Food safety training opportunities that are culturally appropriate and relevant to native growers is currently lacking. Partnering with the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC), investigators seek to provide food safety training opportunities that address growing on native lands, as well as informational workshops on FSMA when applicable.
Equipping Quality Urban Agriculture Leaders (E.Q.U.A.L.): Food Safety Training Customized for Urban and Community Food Production Systems
California State Polytechnic University (California - Southwest WRCEFS sub-region)
- In the wake of an increasing number of urban farmers from non-traditional agriculture backgrounds, there is a need for an education system designed to reach a wide number of new and potential growers coming from a wide variety of backgrounds. This project seeks to accomplish this through integrating food safety information into a variety of pre-existing food science and agriculture college courses, as well as creating new courses. This project will also design and implement educational food safety workshops to be delivered to hard-to-reach urban farmers. Education will focus on FDA regulations, such as FSMA, and how to prevent microbial foodborne illness outbreaks.
Expanding Food Safety Outreach and Education for Local Food Systems in California
Community Alliance with Family Farmers Foundation (California - Southwest WRCEFS sub-region)
- The Community Alliance with Family Farmers Foundation (CAFF), based out of Davis, California, provides food safety education and guidance to small farms in California. Through this grant, CAFF hopes to expand their reach and to provide presentations, webinars, handouts, and workshops on FSMA and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to small, disadvantaged, minority, and/or organic farmers.
- View a frequently updated in-person food safety workshop schedule here and listen to past food safety webinars here.
Hawaii Roots Food Safety Outreach Project
Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (Hawaii, Pacific WRCEFS sub-region)
- This project focuses on enhancing food safety systems among Hawaii’s small and/or new producers, processors, and wholesalers through establishing a network to disseminate food safety information and best practices, as well as creating new food safety education opportunities.
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Related Food Safety Education and Outreach for Hard-to-Reach Audiences in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Using Current Land-Grant University Extension System
University of Idaho (Idaho, Northwest WRCEFS sub-region)
- A partnership amongst Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington land-grant universities, this project seeks to provide education about FSMA to those that are confused about the changes FSMA introduces and it’s requirements to food producers. The target audience for these education programs include owners and/or operators of small to medium sized farms, new farming operations, and small processors or small fruit and vegetable wholesalers.
Expansion and Integration of FSMA Education and Outreach for Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Sustainable Organic Producers
Grow Food (Washington, Northwest WRCEFS sub-region)
- This project’s ultimate goal is to increase the reach of food safety and FSMA education programs. To accomplish this, Grow Food will collaborate with Washington State University, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Viva farms, a local non-profit, to increase access to food safety education and outreach. While based out of Washington, this project hopes to produce a food safety education program that integrates FSMA guidelines and can be used nationally.
To view the full articles and to see the full list of NIFA FSOP projects, visit: http://cris.nifa.usda.gov/cgi-bin/starfinder/0?path=fastlink1.txt&id=anon&pass=&search=(GC=A4182)%20AND%20(IY=2016)&format=WEBTITLESGIY