The Produce Safety Rule for farms was finalized in January 2016, with compliance dates beginning in January 2018. However, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration announced that routine inspections would not begin until 2019 to allow time for more guidance, training, and technical assistance. As part of the pre-inspection period, “On-Farm Readiness Reviews” are being offered to farms, allowing both entities to learn a great deal about the industry and the challenges facing growers.
Steve Patton, Chief of the Inspection and Compliance Branch and Shelley Phillips, Supervising Manager of the Produce Safety Program will discuss the issues they have seen in the field, and will also explain the National survey findings of the On-Farm Readiness Reviews, with particular attention to common gaps that processors, growers, and suppliers need to focus on in their operations.
Steve and Shelley will then provide a helpful overview of what to expect during a produce safety inspection.
Food Safety Management
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