The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is teaming up with Virginia Cooperative Extension to bring the On-Farm Readiness Review program to Virginia stakeholders who are covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule.
- This is a voluntary, free, and confidential review to align your produce operation with the Produce Safety Rule.
- The review will assess your readiness for a Produce Safety Rule inspection (which will be performed by VDACS1).
- If you are a grower, packer or holder of produce covered under the regulation2 and have completed the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training class, we can assist you with an On-Farm Readiness Review.
- A VDACS Produce Safety Specialist and VCE Specialist/Agent will meet with your farm manager to walk through your operation. This review generally takes 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 hours of your time.
- We will also provide you with an On-Farm Readiness Review Resource Manual to reference as you prepare for the implementation of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
If you would like to sign-up for this free and confidential On-Farm Readiness Review program, please contact our VDACS office at 804-786-4003. Your local Produce Safety Specialist will call you to set up an appointment.
1 Inspections for large farms (greater than $500,000 in annual produce sales for 3-year avg.) begin spring 2019. 2 Go to VaProduceSafety.com and click on the Coverage and Exemptions Flow Chart to see if you are covered.
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