The new FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (officially known as the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food), has been in effect for some food-registered facilities since September 2016. However, certain “large” produce operations that are not considered a “farm” because they are off-farm and have a different ownership structure are expected to be in compliance with applicable provisions of the Preventive Controls Rule tomorrow, January 26, 2018.

Sonia Salas

Starting tomorrow, domestic and international produce farms designated as “large” (those with annual sales greater than $500,000) are expected to comply with most provisions of the Produce Safety Rule, a federal law created under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Smaller farms will be phased in over the next few years.

Sonia Salas

The California State Water Resources Control Board recently released the second proposed order revising the Eastern San Joaquin Agricultural General Waste Discharge Requirement. This proposal is being considered for adoption on February 7, 2018.

Several impactful requirements in this order, which will become precedential for most all of agriculture statewide, are:

Gail Delihant

Western Growers and AgSafe will be hosting a series of produce safety workshops from January through May to assist California growers in meeting the training requirements under the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) produce safety regulation. The produce rule requires companies to employ at least one person who has completed the equivalent of this eight-hour class. These classes will be offered in Northern and Central California production areas and will be presented in both English and Spanish.

This eight hour class will cover the following topics:

Sonia Salas

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