The CDC published COVID-19 guidance for agricultural workers and employers on June 2.
Read the June 2020 edition of the newsletter.
The impact of Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings in eight North Central Region states was evaluated in January 2020. Between October 2018 and June 2019, 926 participants attended a training in one of those states. They were invited to participate in the survey.
Last week, the FDA issued guidance to announce flexibility in the eligibility criteria for the qualified exemption from the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (Produce Safety Rule) (21 CFR Part 112) due to disruptions to the supply chain for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Thanks Cara Fraver and Maggie Kaiser for presenting about the new food safety guidebook from the National Young Farmers Coalition.
The FDA released the results of the investigation into illnesses tried to romaine lettuce.
Last week Mindy Brashears, and Frank Yiannas announced what the USDA and FDA are doing to help prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing.
Farmers and Ranchers to Receive Direct Support for Losses Related to COVID-19
Kansas State and the University of Missouri are offering a webinar for growers.
The FDA recently released the Spanish translation of the Produce Safety Rule. You can find it on their website.
The webinar series is hosted by experts from Purdue, Cornell, UC Davis, and the Ohio State University.
Find new resources, ways to connect with the NCR, and an update from the annual conference.
We discussed the COVID-19 pandemic at the April 16, 2020, listening session.
The COVID-19 resources were updated on August 21.
Interested in taking the online professional development while you're social distancing? NCR partners can contact us to apply for funding.
The Produce Safety Alliance is hiring a Spanish Language Extension Associate.
Recordkeeping Requirements at Food Production Facilities - FDA is seeking public comments on the paperwork and regulatory burdens associated with its regulatory program which "... requires that persons who manufacture, process, pack, hold, receive, distribute, transport, or import food in the United States establish and maintain records identifying the immediate previous sources and immediate subsequent recipients of food ... The requirement to establish and maintain records [is intended to] improve [FDA's] ability to respond to, and further contain, threats of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals from accidental or deliberate contamination of food ..."
Numerous COVID-19 resources were shared during the annual conference and in the April newsletter. Find them all in one list.
Find the slides from the conference presentations, the evaluation link, and more information about maple syrup on the Meetings page.
The registration deadline is April 1, at noon (Central time).
The April NCR FSMA newsletter contains links to information on addressing COVID-19, updates from the FDA, and information about our upcoming annual conference. There’s still time to register. Please fill out the form by April 1 at noon.
The Produce Safety Alliance is temporarily allowing remote delivery of PSA Grower Training Courses during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Missed the webinar on keeping animal scat out of produce areas? Catch up here.
Interested in collaborating on an FSOP proposal? Others are as well.
The annual conference will be held virtually this year.