Winchester Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training (VA-180628-GR) June 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Virginia Cooperative Extension will be holding an FDA approved FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at MidAtlantic Farm Credit – Winchester Office. This building is located at 125 Prosperity Drive, Winchester, Virginia 22602. The program will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm with registration starting at 8:00am.

Space is limited for this training and is geared towards operations that are covered by the FDA FSMA Produce Safety Rule. See the attached flowchart to help determine if your operation is covered by the ruling and thus requires compliance. “Covered” farm operations are required by law to have at least one “supervisor or responsible party” complete a training utilizing FDA approved curriculum. Full details regarding FSMA can be found on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm

There will be a $25.00 registration fee for the primary attendee from each operation. This will include program materials, certificate, and lunch. Registration for additional attendees from an operation will be $25.00 each and include a completion certificate and lunch.  Pre-registration is required.

Please complete and return the enclosed registration form with payment (checks made payable to: Treasurer, Virginia Tech) by June 15, 2018. Walk-in attendees will not be permitted. If you have any questions, I can be reached at the Frederick Office at 540-665-5699 or by email at mark.sutphin@vt.edu.

FSMA PSR June 28 2018.docx

Chesapeake Foodshed Network Food Safety Webinars, April 9 and 10, 2018

There’s a great deal of work happening in the Mid-Atlantic to get more locally grown and raised food onto store shelves, into school meals, hospital cafeterias, etc. Farmers, food hubs, distributors, state departments of agriculture, local food advocates, and many more, continue to address barriers, and to test solutions, for broadening wholesale market opportunities for local food. At the same time, food safety federal regulations are changing, requiring a higher level of time and investment on farms selling into wholesale market channels to comply with new requirements. Adding to the confusion, not all buyers have the same requirements.

This two-part series, co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Local Food Distribution Work Group and the Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group (a partnership of Healthcare Without Harm and the Chesapeake Foodshed Network), will feature expert panelists, respondents (including farmers), and time for discussion. We will explore the basics of food safety laws impacting fruit and vegetable farmers, food hubs, and distributors – what are the new rules, when will they go into effect, what (broad) changes do they require for farms and facilities to come into compliance.  We will then explore more in-depth what the wholesale marketplace requires with respect to these rules and how local government, extension services, food hubs, and nonprofits have been working with farmers to help them obtain required certification.

To register for this free webinar or learn more, please visit: https://mailchi.mp/b974eb721cb8/upcoming-cfn-coffee-talk-webinar-1316949?e=[UNIQID]