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Small Farm FSMA Series Post 4 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series Post 4 of 4

SMALL FARM FSMA SERIES – POST 4 of 4 Author: Stepheni Norton, Regional Food Safety Specialist FSMA is serious business, so we have a few disclaimers before we dig in.   Advice provided here is general in good farm practice and

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Small Farm FSMA Series Post 3 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series Post 3 of 4

Author: Stepheni Norton, San Diego Regional Food Safety Specialist FSMA is serious business, so we have a few disclaimers before we dig in.   Advice provided here is meant for QUALIFIED EXEMPT FARMS If you need help determining your status, read

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Worker Health & Hygiene: FSMA & NOP

Worker Health & Hygiene: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet explains what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do to be in compliance with worker health and hygiene requirements. There is also an overview of what

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Wild & Domestic Animals: FSMA & NOP

Wild & Domestic Animals: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet provides an overview of what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do to meet wild and domestic animal requirements. In addition, an overview of wild and

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Monitoring Animals: FSMA & NOP

Monitoring Animals: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet provides an overview of what a farm that needs to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) needs to do in regards to monitoring for animal contamination. There is also an overview of

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Land Use: FSMA & NOP

Land Use: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet provides an overview of what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do in regards to their land use. An overview of what the National Organic Program

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Soil Amendments from Animals: FSMA & NOP

Soil Amendments from Animals: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet explains what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do with their soil amendments of animal origin to be in compliance. The factsheet also provides an overview

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Written Plans: FSMA & NOP

Written Plans: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet discusses an overview of what farms need to have for a written food safety plan if their need to be in full compliance with FSMA. There is also an overview of the written plan requirements are for the

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Recordkeeping: FSMA & NOP

Recordkeeping: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet explains the records farms that need to be in full compliance with FSMA must have and compares those vs. what records are required for the national organic program (NOP). Download the English version here. Download the Spanish version

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FSMA 101 vs. Organic Regulations

FSMA 101 vs. Organic Regulations

This factsheet provides an overview of the three farm categories within the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and relates that food safety regulation to the national organic program (NOP) requirements. Download the English version here Download the Spanish version

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New FDA Guidance on FSMA Qualified Exempt Requirements During Covid

New FDA Guidance on FSMA Qualified Exempt Requirements During Covid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released temporary guidance on the requirements that farms must meet to be considered qualified exempt under the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This is important for small farms to be aware of

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Farm Tough First Aid Kit

Farm Tough First Aid Kit

Most standard first aid kits you can buy do not come with supplies that are tough enough to withstand farming activities. CAFF created this Farm Tough First Aid Kit resource that guides you through curating a first aid kit that

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New CDC Resource on Facemasks in Agriculture

New CDC Resource on Facemasks in Agriculture

Today (4/24/20) CDC released a new webpage providing information on facemasks, face coverings, and respirator use in agriculture. The article explains what type of face covering can be worn effectively in what farming situation.

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On-Farm Food Safety Webinar

On-Farm Food Safety Webinar

On 4/8/20 CAFF gave a webinar answering dozens of questions on on-farm food safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Judith Redmond from Full Belly Farm shared some tips and other info on how their farm is adapting during this challenging

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New CAFF Resource: How to Run CSA Pick Up Sites during COVID-19

New CAFF Resource: How to Run CSA Pick Up Sites during COVID-19

CAFF has created a new resource for farmers that have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick up locations. The guide has tips for farmers and a sign that farmers could post at pick up locations and/or share electronically with CSA members.

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New CAFF Resource: How to Prepare for Farm Labor Shortages

New CAFF Resource: How to Prepare for Farm Labor Shortages

CAFF has created a new resource to help farmers prepare for possible labor shortages due to COVID-19. The first page of this resource is a flowchart that helps farmers determine the readiness of their operation. The second page is a

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On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

By: Kali Feiereisel, MPH Senior Manager, Farmer Services   Last updated: April 7th, 2020 We realize this is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. Hopefully this blog post can provide some tangible information to help answer some of your

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Guidance for Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Respirators in Agriculture

Guidance for Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Respirators in Agriculture

To minimize the demand on NIOSH-certified N95 filtering respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”) during the COVID-19 pandemic, this document discusses the option of limited reuse of N95 respirators. This document is intended for use by agricultural professionals to protect workers

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COVID-19 FAQ for U-Pick Farms

COVID-19 FAQ for U-Pick Farms

Best practices and steps for farm managers. Employees should use gloves when handling money, or considering using cards to limit transfer of cash. If money is handled, hands should be washed or hand sanitizer should be used afterward.

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COVID-19 FAQ for Farm Stands

COVID-19 FAQ for Farm Stands

Simple one-pager: steps for farm stand operators. Communicate with customers through signs or social media asking them to stay home if displaying symptoms. Provide hand sanitizer at the front of the stand and near the cash box. Use signs to

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Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 2 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 2 of 4

Not Covered ≠ No Paperwork By: Stepheni Norton, San Diego Regional Food Safety Specialist Last Updated: March 19th, 2020 Basic record keeping to prove you’re not covered farm status. FSMA is serious business, so we have a few disclaimers before

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Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 1 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 1 of 4

The 1 Thing Every Farm Must Do By: Stepheni Norton, San Diego Regional Food Safety Specialist Last Updated March 19th, 2020 Regardless of size, every farm must perform a self-assessment to determine their Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) status.  So,

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FSMA Produce Safety Rule Inspection Updates

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Inspection Updates

Looking to learn more about when and how Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Inspections will happen in California? Read this blog post to learn about the current timeline of California FSMA Inspections on large, small, and very small

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Value-Added Products Regulatory Overview

Value-Added Products Regulatory Overview

Farms and food businesses processing foods into value-added products such as tomato sauce, salsa, and hot sauce need to be aware of the various state and federal food safety regulations one needs to follow to be in compliance. This resource

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Processed Food Registration Permit

Processed Food Registration Permit

Interested in preserving fresh farm crops into tomato sauce, pickles, and other canned products? In California you need to be aware of value-added product food safety regulations affiliated with these products. Learn more about the Processed Food Registration Permit by

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Cannery License Program

Cannery License Program

Farmers and food business makers processing raw agricultural products into shelf stable canned products may need to be in compliance with the California Cannery License Program. We have a pdf resource explaining more about the program as well as a

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FSMA Diagrama de flujo Español

FSMA Diagrama de flujo Español

¿Me afectan Las Nuevas Normas de INOCUIDAD ALIMENTARIA según el ACTA DE MODERNIZACIÓN DE INOCUIDAD ALIMENTARIA? Un Diagrama de Flujo para Agricultores y Empresas de Alimentos.

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Farming with Food Safety and Conservation

Farming with Food Safety and Conservation

Food-borne illness linked to pathogens in meat, processed food, and produce has led to increased attention to food safety issues at all points along the supply chain, including the farm. Farmers can produce safe food without sacrificing responsible on-farm conservation

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FAQ: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

FAQ: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

New NSAC Food Safety Modernization Act Resource: Food Safety Training Requirements for Produce Farms If my farm is fully subject to FSMA do I need to schedule an inspection? No. If your farm does not qualify for any of the full or

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Post-harvest Resources

Post-harvest Resources

Postharvest Area Design: Ideal Wash & Pack Facility Layout – This resource created by Cornell University reviews important concepts and best practices that can applied to all sorts of postharvest farm situations. Floors for Vegetable Storage, Wash, and Pack – This University

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Requirements for Farms that Must Fully Comply with FSMA: Part 2

Organic agricultural professionals are invited to join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a series of webinars on how the new federal food safety regulations intersect with organic regulations. This, the third webinar in the

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Requirements For Farms That Must Fully Comply With FSMA

Organic agricultural professionals and farmers are invited to join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a series of webinars on how the new federal food safety regulations intersect with organic regulations. This second webinar will

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FSMA 101 Webinar for Organic Professionals

*Update 12/5/17* The slide with FSMA full exemptions mentions that farms with less than $25,000 in annual PRODUCE sales are fully exemption from FSMA. This is correct. We may not have emphasized this point enough in the webinar and wanted

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Co-management & Food Safety

Co-management & Food Safety

Co-management on-farm involves balancing food safety practices with preservation of biodiversity, which allows growers to produce safe food while maintaining habitat and protecting soil and water quality. Learn more in the resources below: New CAFF & Wild Farm Alliance 2017

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What you have to do if your farm is fully subject to the Food Safety Mode

This webinar discusses the principal elements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. This is the first webinar (of 2) on what a farm will have to do to be in compliance with FSMA. Topics covered include how to fulfill the

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Webinar: Does FSMA apply to your Farm?

*Update 12/5/17* The slide with FSMA full exemptions mentions that farms with less than $25,000 in annual produce sales are fully exemption from FSMA. This is correct. We may not have emphasized this point enough in the webinar and wanted

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FSMA Agricultural Water Information

FSMA Agricultural Water Information

FSMA defines agricultural water used on produce farms into two main categories: 1) water used during growing of crops (growing/production activities) and 2) water used during harvest, postharvest, and hand washing. At this point in time FDA is trying to

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Cottage Food Regulations

Cottage Food Regulations

Learn about California’s requirements for cottage foods. The state allows individuals to prepare and/or package certain non-potentially hazardous foods in private-home kitchens referred to as “cottage food operations” (CFOs), all of which have to meet specified requirements pursuant to the California

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