The Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program (FSCSC) provides financial assistance to specialty crop operations for costs incurred obtaining or renewing food safety certifications. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is making $200 million available to specialty growers to offset the cost of food safety expenses through the FSCSC program. Applications for the FSCSC program for 2022 are due Jan. 31, 2023. Applications for 2023 will open Feb. 1, 2023 and close on Jan. 31, 2024.

The FSA lists the following expenses that are eligible for reimbursement:

Kara Timmins

Since routine inspections of farms subject to the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) began in 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Association of Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) have worked closely with state and industry partners to prepare regulators and farms for inspections through training, technical assistance, educational visits, and On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR).

So far, routine inspections have been educational to assist farmers with becoming more familiar with the PSR requirements.

To date:

Michelle Rivera

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its final rule this week in establishing traceability recordkeeping requirements for those who manufacture, process, pack, or hold certain foods, including leafy greens, nut butters, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and ready-to-eat deli salads, for inclusion on the Food Traceability List (FTL).

The requirements established in the final rule are designed to:

Michelle Rivera

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology is hosting an in-person workshop on hygienic and sanitary design for automation harvesters presented by WG’s Science Programs Director Afreen Malik and Justin Kerr, Founder of Factor IV Solutions.

The workshop will take place at the CIT in Salinas, Calif. on Oct. 31, 2022 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. It is open to both WGCIT startup and interested WG member companies.

Space is limited; please RSVP to Emily Lyons at elyons@wga.com in order to attend.

Ann Donahue

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