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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Produce Safety Program

Farm Safety

Brad Bush
Produce Safety Program Manager
John.bush@agr.georgia.gov
Tel: (229) 386-3488

Susan Alexander
Produce Safety Program Associate
Susan.alexander@agr.georgia.gov
Tel: (229) 386-3488

Maggie H. Brown
Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator
Maggie.brown@agr.georgia.gov
Tel: (229) 386-3488

Elizabeth Stalvey
Produce Safety Education and Outreach Associate
elizabeth.stalvey@agr.georgia.gov
Tel: (229) 472- 2635

Vision:
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.

Mission:
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 (maggie.brown@agr.georgia.gov).

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

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Stay Tuned! More updates about Grower Trainings will be released soon.

 

 

 
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Sign-up to receive the latest information:   Produce Farm Data Collection Form
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.

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.

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