FSMA 101 for Organic Processors Webinar Series

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Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Recently passed federal regulations require food processors to meet certain new food safety standards. Join us for a webinar series to learn what your business needs to do to comply. In this 4-part series, we will walk through the different compliance categories of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for food processors as well as review what each category of businesses needs to do to comply. Get your FSMA questions answered in this introductory food safety series for organic processors!

Most of the content in this series is applicable to food processors across the United States. A small portion of the content will address state-specific food safety regulations. Processors based in California and Washington state have the opportunity to join a webinar with food safety experts knowledgeable about their states’ specific food safety regulations. Food processors based in other states are encouraged to join any webinar.

Webinar #1 – FSMA 101 for Organic Food Processors
Are you unsure about where your business falls under the different FSMA rules? Are you confused about whether someone from your business needs to attend a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual training course? You are in the right place! In this webinar we will review the different compliance categories of the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule, including Qualified Facility, Fully Subject Facility, and the Farm Mixed-Type Facility under the Produce Safety Rule. You will also learn which businesses are required to have a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” who must attend a multiday standardized training.
-   Recording - Washington Webinar held on September 14, 2021 – 10:00–11:30 a.m. Pacific Time
-   Recording - California Webinar held on September 15, 2021 – 10:00–11:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Webinar #2 – FSMA Preventive Controls Rule, Qualified Exemption

Find out what you need to do if your food business is eligible for a Qualified Exemption under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule in the second webinar in our FSMA 101 for Organic Processors series. During this webinar we will review the calculations used to determine qualified facility status, highlight FDA filing and record requirements, and walk through the modified compliance requirements for qualified facilities.

-    Recording – Washington webinar held on October 12, 2021
-    Recording  – California webinar held on October 13, 2021

Webinar #3 – FSMA Preventive Controls Rule, Fully Covered Category

Does your business fall into the fully covered category of the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule? If so, join us for the third webinar in our series, where we will go over the requirements for a covered facility, review required training, and walk through the process for registering with FDA.

-    Washington Webinar Registration – November 9, 2021 – 10:00–11:30 a.m. Pacific Time
-    California Webinar Registration – November 10, 2021 – 10:00–11:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Webinar #4 – Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) are required by the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule for all food processors regardless of their compliance status. In our fourth webinar, we will go through the basics of cGMPs requirements and recordkeeping. Learn about the food safety requirements for buildings, equipment, and personnel, among others. Useful resources and templates will be shared during the webinar to help ensure successful implementation of these requirements.

-    Washington Webinar Registration – December 14, 2021 – 1:00–2:30 p.m. Pacific Time
-    California Webinar Registration – December 15, 2021 – 10:00–11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Meet Our Team

Lead Trainer: Dr. Erin DiCaprio is an assistant cooperative extension specialist in community food safety in the department of food science at the University of California, Davis. She is a lead instructor for the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule and a trainer for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. DiCaprio routinely offers food safety training to small-scale food processors and distributors in California. 

Washington Food Safety Expert: Dr. Stephanie Smith is a statewide consumer food safety specialist in the School of Food Science at Washington State University. She is a lead instructor for the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance’s Preventive Controls for Human Food and for the Produce Safety Alliance’s Grower Training, which are both officially recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for FSMA training. Smith is also an instructor for the Better Process Control School. She delivers food safety and regulatory training to growers, food processors, food handlers, and consumers across Washington state. 

Washington Organic Experts: Scott Rice and Heidi Peroni both work for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Organic Program. Rice is the program’s external affairs coordinator and is responsible for a wide range of organic policy, regulatory, and certification activities. He recently completed a 5-year term representing organic certifiers on the USDA National Organic Standards Board. Peroni is the program’s education and outreach specialist. She develops program resources and administers grants related to improving technical assistance for certified clients and the organic community. 

California Organic and Food Safety Experts: Jacob Guth and Ana Rivas both work for CCOF Certification Services’ food safety program that specializes in GLOBALG.A.P. food safety certification for organic producers. Guth serves as the program’s director, and Rivas is a food safety certification specialist.

Thank You to Our Funder

This webinar series is supported by Food Safety Outreach Program Grant 2020-70020-33025 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.