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    Readiness reviews offered to fruit and vegetable growers

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    Muscatine Living

    By Joe Hannan–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

    Prepare your farm for upcoming inspections with on-farm readiness reviews.

    AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer voluntary, on-farm assessments to Iowa fruit and vegetable growers in preparation for Food and Drug Administration farm inspections conducted under the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.

    The On-Farm Produce Safety Team will offer voluntary On-Farm Readiness Reviews to farms that grow, harvest, pack, and hold vegetables and fruit for human consumption. 

    The purpose of the OFRR process is to:

    • Prepare Iowa farmers for implementation of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
    • Provide guidance on how to implement practices to prepare individual farms in compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
    • Allow growers to ask farm-specific questions about produce safety.

    The On-Farm Readiness Reviews are free, voluntary and take less than two hours to complete. 

    There are two requirements for interested growers: 

    1. At least one person from the farm must have been trained and received the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training certificate.
    2. On-Farm Readiness Reviews are done when produce is being grown, harvested, or post-harvest handled.

    “If you are a covered farm under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, there is a good chance you will receive an inspection this year. An OFRR is designed to prepare you for that inspection,” said Joe Hannan, commercial horticulture field specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “An OFRR is free, voluntary, and kept confidential.”

    Sign up for an On-Farm Readiness Review by filling out this form or call 515-294-6773. 

    Visit the Safe Produce website for more information about the Produce Safety Rule and future Produce Safety Alliance Grower trainings.

    This project is funded by the State and Territory Cooperative Agreement to Enhance Produce Safety in Preparation of Implementation of FDA’s Rule: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, through FDA grant 1U18FD005810- 01 (CFDA #93.102-Food and Drug Administration Research).

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