The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Wednesday announced the Fall 2022 import requirements for U.S. romaine lettuce.

The requirements are the same as Fall 2021, but the enforcement timeframe has shifted slightly. The 2022 requirements now come into effect on Sept. 28, 2022 and will end Dec. 22, 2022. Pre-harvest sampling and testing will be permitted again in 2022.

Sonia Salas

Beginning in January 2021, the agricultural community in the Salinas Valley came together in an effort known as California Agricultural Neighbors (CAN).

Led by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Monterey County Farm Bureau (MCFB), CAN provided a roundtable opportunity to foster collaboration and discuss enhanced neighborly food safety practices when various agriculture operations such as leafy green fields, cattle ranches, vineyards and compost sites are adjacent to one another.

De Ann Davis

The USDA will provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023.

For each year, the new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops program (FSCSC) covers a percentage of the specialty crop operation’s cost of obtaining or renewing their certification, as well as a portion of their related expenses.

Sonia Salas

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