The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) encourages all farmers, food processors, food transportation businesses, importers, and food safety professionals to educate themselves about the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA will affect produce, processed food for people and animals, food transportation, and imported food. The goal of FSMA is to step up prevention of food-borne illnesses, in addition to responding to foodborne illness outbreaks.
ODA received a grant from the Food and Drug Administration to support FSMA produce safety rule implementation efforts over a 5-year period. The grant supports extensive outreach and technical assistance to Oregon produce farmers. As part of the project, ODA will reach out to produce farmers to share information and to request voluntary submission of data to build an inventory of produce farms.
The FSMA produce safety rule requires at least one person from each covered farm to attend an accredited produce safety training. The Produce Safety Alliance has a master schedule of upcoming grower trainings.
For more information, fact sheets and full copies of the final rules, visit the links below.