October 23, 2018

November 1 Lunch & Learn Webinar Prepares Growers for FSMA On-Farm Inspections

In preparation for official Produce Safety Rule on-farm inspections beginning in the spring of 2019, WG members covered by this regulation can request non-regulatory On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs). OFRRs are designed to give farmers a better understanding of what they can expect from a routine produce safety inspection.

On November 1, Western Growers is hosting a Lunch & Learn webinar where producers affected by the Produce Safety Rule can explore the pros or cons of an OFRR. OFRRs are the result of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act compliance principle “educate before you regulate” and offer an opportunity for dialogue between the farmer and the regulator and/or educator about the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule before official inspections begin.

During the webinar, government representatives from Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico, will provide more details about their state programs and touch on the basics of OFRRs. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will discuss their role in OFRRs.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from our speakers about general and state-specific OFRR information and to ask questions. Register today!


Are You FSMA Ready? Can On-Farm Readiness Reviews Help?

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time


  • Mark Chen, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Teressa Lopez, Arizona Department of Agriculture; Citrus, Fruit and Vegetable Standardization/Fresh Produce Grade Inspection
  • Steve Patton, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Cristy Dice, Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Matthew Gaskins, New Mexico Department of Agriculture


Participation is complimentary only to WG members.