Educational Webinars

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Recorded Webinar: How and Why Growers Should Comment

It's not too late to submit your comment on on the FDA's Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Draft Guidance. While the official comment period closed April 22, 2019, it is still possible to submit your comment here. If you're a fruit or vegetable grower, this Draft Guidance likely affects you! The Local Food Safety Collaborative encourages farmers and farm organizations to comment. Listen in on this webinar to see what you need to know and how you can still submit your comments. You can also access the PowerPoint slide deck.

Recorded on 4/12/19.

Additional Resources

1. Produce Safety Alliance Webinar on Draft Guidance

Ready to dig in to the Draft Guidance? This recorded webinar hosted by the Produce Safety Alliance is an in-depth discussion between experts and educators that outlines different topic areas where clarity may be needed in the Draft Guidance.

2. Michigan State University Extension Agrifood Safety Draft Guidance Videos

Looking for a concise break-down of the different chapters in PSR draft guidance? These MSU videos summarize each chapter and highlight certain aspects of the draft guidance that differ from what has already been published.

3. National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Comment Template and Guide Blog

Need help understanding where your experiences and farm practices can contribute to commenting? This blog provides great context for how you can provide meaningful comments. There's even a "comment template" available here to assist anyone interested in writing/formatting a comment on the Draft Guidance.

4. The PSR Draft Guidance itself!

The purpose of this draft compliance and implementation guidance document is to help covered farms comply with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, which establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce. Entitled “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption,” the rule is part of FDA’s implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Are you in or are you out?

As part of National Farmers Union's online Growing for the Future Conference, the National Young Farmers Coalition hosted this webinar to provide more information on which produce farms are covered or exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The purpose of the webinar is to help produce farmers understand "where they fall" and how they can learn more about what they may or may not be required to do dependent on that status.

The National Young Farmers Coalition is a national advocacy network of young farmers fighting for the future of agriculture by changing policy, building networks and providing business services.

Recorded on 12/18.

Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Exemptions and Resources for Small Farmers

Intended for farm organizations that are working with small-scale produce farm operations, this webinar explains the types of businesses and activities covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, conditions of full or partial exemption, and other market-driven pressures on exempt farms.

In collaboration with LFSC, this webinar was produced by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

Recorded on 11/02/17.

Navigating the Food Safety Landscape

Pennsylvania Farmers Union and the Chesapeake Foodshed Network co-hosted this two-part food safety webinar series. Food safety laws, regulations, and certifications are complex and can differ from state to state. Buyers' demands only increase the complexity of a what a farmer may have to accomplish in order to compete in the marketplace. Frequently, farmers are left trying to navigate a shifting, complicated food safety landscape.  This two-part food safety webinar series aims to map out that landscape, identify questions or decision points for both farmers and buyers, and answer some frequently asked questions about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Instructors include Lindsay Gilmour, Food Safety Educator and GroupGAP Consultant, and Jeff Stoltzfus, PennState Extension Educator, FSMA- Produce Safety.

Navigating the Food Safety Landscape Part I
Demystifying the Food Safety Landscape

Recorded on 5/15/17.

Navigating the Food Safety Landscape Part II
Where to Begin & On-Farm Lessons Learned

Recorded on 5/30/17.