Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! This month we are switching things up with a short video of the highlights of our On-Farm Readiness Reviews. Also included is information from the Colorado Department of Agriculture about produce farm registration requirements, and updates from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about an extension for the commenting period for the Rarely Consumed Raw list and the final virtual public meeting for the proposed traceability rule.
Colorado On-Farm Readiness Review Update
Interested to hear how the produce safety farm visits went this summer? Click below for a short video!
For more information about the On-Farm Readiness Reviews, click here.
Farm Registration for Produce Growers
Beginning in December, producers subject to the Produce Safety Rule will need to register with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). In 2019, the Colorado General Assembly passed HB19-1114, which authorized CDA to adopt the Produce Safety Rule under state authority. This bill allows inspections to be conducted on a state level, rather than by federal inspectors. Within the bill is the requirement for producers to register with CDA.
What you need to know about the registration process:
There is no cost to register.
Registration will begin in December and continue until February.
Registration can be completed online, or producers may request a paper application.
The online registration is a short questionnaire where producers will provide farm contact information and information about the types of covered produce they intend to grow, harvest, pack or hold for the upcoming season.
CDA will not require any financial documents or business records when you register. However, you will be asked to categorize the size of your farm, based on your average produce sales for the previous three years: 2017-19.
Look for the registration link and more details soon. CDA will also host a town hall meet-and-greet for producers to get to know the program staff and inspectors and learn more about registration and inspections.
For more information, and for questions on the state program or registration requirements, please contact the program at email@example.com or Duane Sinning, Program Manager, at (303) 869-9284 or Duane.Sinning@state.co.us.
One more Public Meeting to discuss the Proposed Traceability Rule
The last virtual public meeting to discuss the Proposed Traceability Rule will be on December 2, 2020.
For recordings of the previous meetings, more information and to register, click here.
On September 21, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule, “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods”, to establish additional traceability record-keeping requirements for certain foods. The FDA is proposing to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements (beyond what is already required in existing regulations) for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods the Agency has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List.
FDA is extending the comment period for the Rarely Consumed Raw list until January 8, 2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Request for Information (RFI) in August 2020 to open a docket for data and information related to produce known to have no or low reported consumption. The Agency plans to use the data and information to consider whether any of these produce commodities should be added to the “rarely consumed raw” (RCR) list and thereby exempt from the Produce Safety Rule. The items currently on the exhaustive RCR list are not subject to the requirements in the Produce Safety rule.
The FDA is now extending the comment period for stakeholders to submit the requested information for an additional 60 days, through January 8, 2021. This extension is being made in response to requests from stakeholders who indicated that more time was needed in order to submit the relevant data.
The FDA invites those with data, information, and/or comments regarding U.S. consumption patterns of those commodities with no or low reported consumption to submit such information to the agency through the RFI docket.