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Colorado Produce Safety News

February 1, 2022

In this issue:
  • Webinar on Cyclospora
  • BSAAO Videos
  • GAPs Courses for 2022
  • PSA Grower Training Courses
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Proposed Agricultural Water Standard - Public Meetings
  • CO Produce Safety Program

|| Resources & Information ||

CONTACT Produce Safety Webinar Series

 
Cyclospora Facts and What You Can Do Right Now
Since 2013, the United States has experienced yearly seasonal outbreaks of a gastrointestinal disease caused by the protozoan parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. This organism has a unique life cycle which brings with it many challenges. In this webinar we will describe details of this perplexing organism along with a summary of detection methods used in surveillance and outbreak investigations, actions growers can take now, and a relevant perspective on developing and ongoing research and development. Join Michelle Danyluk, Ph.D., Professor, University of Florida Food Science & Human Nutrition, and Kali Kniel, Ph.D., Professor, University of Delaware, Animal and Food Sciences for this timely webinar!

February 9, 2022, from 1:30pm-3:00pm Mountain. Register in advance for this webinar: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2yeZXAUkTh616mRN7ViZVQ.

Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin Videos
 

FDA's Produce Safety Network, in coordination with Michigan State University Extension, has developed three educational videos on BSAAOs. The goal of these videos is to provide visuals to those inspectors that are not as familiar with BSAAOs and the practices for both large and small farms.

The videos focus on different types of equipment, storage, applications methods, types of manure, and biosolids. Although developed for Produce Safety Rule inspectors, these videos can also help farm owners, managers and other employees better understand terminology used in conjunction with the Produce Safety Rule inspection process.

Biosolids: https://youtu.be/8HV2h2VZlJ0

Small farms: https://youtu.be/NST8yg11GMs

Large farms: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/BSAAO+Application+on+Large+Farms/1_du12fo1c

|| Education & Training ||

Getting up to Speed on Good Agricultural Practices 

1. Deep-Dive into GAPs on the farm: useful for farm owners, workers and gardeners who grow, harvest and pack fresh vegetables for sales to all markets, including at farmers’ markets, CSA, retail, schools, restaurants, or who donate produce to others. The next courses take place in March 2022. Register here: https://learning.umn.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=31226408.

2. One-hour class on GAPs: 1-hour Food Safety Deep Dive will provide in-depth information around specific food safety topics for your fruit & vegetable farms, be led by University of Minnesota Extension, experienced farmers & experts. Webinars are from 8:00 - 9:00 MST & will be recorded.
  • Feb 9, 2022: Lean & Clean: Applying Food Safety & Lean Farming Concepts to Fruit & Vegetable Farming to Save Money & Time
  • Feb 16, 2022: Pack shed design; improved post harvest quality & safety
  • Feb 23, 2022: Recordkeeping apps, tools and tricks for food safety & profitability
  • March 2, 2022: Managing Produce Safety Risks of Rotating Livestock through Produce Fields/Orchards


Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

 

There are several options for taking the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. Please see the methods below and choose the option that works best for you. 
 

Colorado Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training 

CSU Extension has scheduled one more training for early spring, to be held:
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course
Offered by the Produce Safety Alliance as a three-week course that can be completed at your own pace. The online course is expected to take 15-30 hours for successful completion. Find online training options here.


Remote Delivery Course 

The same course CSU Extension has been offering but taught by educators in other states in real time. Instructors use video conferencing software, such as Zoom or Webex. This is a temporary option that is being supported during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find remote training options here.

Produce safety education topics will include:

  • March 1, 8:30-9:30 am: Preharvest Risk Assessment with Dr. Eduardo Gutierrez Rodriguez (Colorado State University). Learn how and why to conduct a pre-harvest risk assessment and what actions to take if you determine that a potential hazard exists. Gain insights from the latest research from field trials in Colorado and have the opportunity to discuss FDA's new proposed standard for Subpart E on agricultural water.
  • March 1, 10:00-11:30am: Environmental Monitoring with Dr. Laura Strawn (Virginia Tech). Learn how to set up an environmental monitoring program to make sure you are really getting your surfaces clean. Learn what to look for and what to do if you if your program detects possible contamination.
Register here

|| News ||

Proposed Changes to Agricultural Water Requirements in the Produce Safety Rule


On December 2, 2021 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule that aims to enhance the safety of produce. It proposes to require farms to conduct comprehensive assessments that would help them identify and mitigate hazards in water used to grow produce. This is the latest step in the agency’s implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and it proposes to replace some of the existing requirements for agricultural water in the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The FDA is proposing a revision to Subpart E. View the proposed standard here.

Comments and feedback can be submitted online. The comment period is open until April 5, 2022. Growers, educators, regulators, and others are all encouraged to submit feedback.

LEARN MORE:
FDA will be holding two virtual public meetings to discuss the recently proposed rule. The first meeting will be held on February 14, 2022 from 11:45am to 7:45pm EST. The second meeting will be held on February 25, 2022 from 8:45am to 4:45pm EST. Register for these meetings here: https://www.fda.gov/food/workshops-meetings-webinars-food-and-dietary-supplements/public-meetings-proposed-changes-agricultural-water-requirements-produce-safety-rule-02142022.


Reminder!

Colorado Produce Safety Rule Program Updates


Colorado Produce Safety Program Rule Change
The dollar threshold limits under the Colorado Produce Safety Rule Program increased effective October 30, 2021. Farms with a rolling three-year sales average for 2018 through 2020 that is less than $28,561 are exempt from the Rule (an increase from the current three-year rolling average of $28,075). Farms whose three-year sales average during that same period falls between $28,561 and $571,214 may be eligible for Qualified Exemption status under the Rule. These new limits are the maximum allowable under FDA guidelines.   

 
2022 Produce Safety Program Registration Opene
d Nov 1, 2021
All farms who grow, harvest, pack or hold produce that is commonly consumed raw with sales values above the exempt level are required to register with the program annually between Nov 1 and Dec 31, 2021. Registration is free and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. No forms need to be uploaded or copied. The link for online registration can be found here. For a mail-in copy of the registration or questions, reach out to: Sarah Musick, Produce Safety Program Coordinator at sarah.musick@state.co.us or 303-869-9282.
Register your farm

Have a produce safety question?


Submit your question or contact Martha Sullins: Martha.Sullins@colostate.edu
 
Colorado’s Produce Safety Collaborative is part of the CSU Extension program and made up of 5 organizations collaborating to bring the most up-to-date produce safety information, training and education to Colorado’s produce growers and other industry stakeholders. 
 
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