Are your farm’s food safety practices compliant with the Produce Safety Rule? A good way to find out is to schedule a free, non-regulatory On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Produce Safety Program.
OFRRs are available to “small” farms (average annual gross produce sales within the last three years of $250,000 – $500,000) or “very small” farms (average annual gross produce sales within the last three years of $25,000 – $250,000).
OFRRs are designed to give farmers a better understanding of what they can expect from a routine Produce Safety Rule inspection. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pursuant to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), developed the Produce Safety Rule to regulate the production of nearly all fruits, nuts and vegetables. The Produce Safety Rule establishes a set of practices that farmers must follow that are designed to minimize the potential of foodborne illnesses. In California, CDFA’s Produce Safety Program conducts Produce Safety Rule inspections on behalf of the FDA.
Produce Safety Rule inspections are underway. To help ensure your “small” or “very small” farm is compliant, please contact CDFA’s Produce Safety Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 900-5322 to schedule an On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR).