PRODUCE SAFETY COVID-19 GUIDANCE
Coronavirus Update - Georgia Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings:
Due to travel restrictions from COVID-19, The Georgia Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program has currently suspended offering Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Classes in Georgia. Please keep checking our website as we will post updates about offering future Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings. Until then, for growers in need of another option for certification of a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Class, please contact Maggie Brown at Maggie.Brown@agr.georgia.gov or Elizabeth Stalvey at Elizabeth.Stalvey@agr.georgia.gov. You may also call (229) 472-2635.
Produce Safety Program Information
Produce Safety Program Manager
Tel: (229) 386-3488
Produce Safety Program Associate
Tel: (229) 386-3488
Maggie H. Brown
Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator
Tel: (229) 386-3488
Produce Safety Education and Outreach Associate
Tel: (229) 472- 2635
The vision for the Georgia Produce Safety Program is to ensure the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption through a combined educational and regulatory inspection strategy.
The mission of the Georgia Produce Safety Program is to implement, measure, and improve an integrated, risk-based, produce safety system focusing on prevention, intervention, response, and education activities of Georgia Farms that fall under the FDA Produce Safety Rule.
About the Program:
The Georgia Produce Safety Program was established in 2013 to begin developing partnerships and relationships with Georgia farmers in preparation for new regulatory requirements for produce safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act enacted by the U.S. Congress. The Produce Safety Rule establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. It is the intent of the Georgia Department of Agriculture to work closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the implementation and enforcement of this rule.
Education and Outreach Opportunities:
If your farm or association is interested in learning more about the Produce Safety Rule and how the Georgia Department of Agriculture may work with farmers, please contact the Georgia Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator, Maggie Brown at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Georgia Produce Safety Program has a number of training and outreach materials available free of charge to all interested farmers or consumers. Upcoming Trainings:
Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule
Training Dates: April 20th and 21st 2021
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm each day
Location: Online through Zoom
**Participants will be required to be present for the entirety of training both days to receive certificate.**
Participants will be required to be present for the entirety of training both days to receive certificate. Attendance will be monitored by trainers. This training will be completely online offered via Zoom, so you must have strong internet connectivity, a functioning camera and functioning microphone to participate in the training. Once you register, we will be mailing you REQUIRED course participant materials to the address you provide when registering. These materials will be mailed one week prior to the training, so please check your post office or mailbox.
Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvf-GsqTIoEt3RdnApP6cirU6GQCRaYYeq
Registration deadline: Registration deadline: April 12th 2021
(Georgia residents only.)
Sign-up to receive the latest information:
The best way to protect Georgia's produce is by working together. Please assist us by identifying your farm and providing your contact information in order to receive important tips and updates regarding the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule. Contact Elizabeth Danforth at email@example.com and Rachel Futch at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for an On Farm Readiness Review or with any questions.
Funding for this program, statement, publication, press release, etc. was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of tradenames, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.