Blog posts by food safety

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 21, 2018 on CCOF, education, events, food safety, general organic, grower, pests and pesticides

Organic Grower Summit December 12-13, 2018 at the Monterey Conference Center   The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will again serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s event. As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event.    To date, OGS has secured over 45 committed exhibitors and 35 sponsoring companies.   Among participating exhibitors are leaders in the fields of seed, soil amendments, food safety, and ag technology...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, April 16, 2018 on events, food safety, general organic

GLOBALG.A.P. is pleased to announce the publication of the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) v1.1. The HPSS offers a food safety and farm assurance solution for the unique needs of the North American marketplace. HPSS is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted by many of the largest retailers in North America and beyond.     HPSS also aligns with the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The GLOBALG.A.P. HPSS includes verbatim the Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative's Harmonized Standards. The Initiative's...
Written by Jacob Guth on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 on events, food safety, general organic


Join us at the CCOF headquarters in Santa Cruz to hear from the technical experts at GLOBALG.A.P. about how their newly updated Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) v1.1 helps producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).    The May 2-4, 2018 GLOBALG.A.P. Capacity Building & Farm Assurer Workshop will consist of two days of classroom learning and one day of practical, on-farm inspection experience with the new HPSS v1.1 standard. The HPSS offers a food safety and farm assurance solution for the unique needs of the North American marketplace. HPSS is recognized by...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, food safety

Tickets are going fast! Produce growers, don’t miss the opportunity to attend this workshop that meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce farms at a discounted rate. The CCOF Foundation’s Fresno Region FSMA workshop sold out, but tickets are still available for the Sacramento region workshop on March 28. Thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, workshop tickets only cost $35 per attendee. Without grant support, these trainings can cost hundreds of dollars per person.   If you can’t make it to the March 28 workshop, the...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 18, 2017 on food safety, general organic, international, organic market, research

Asia is showing some of the highest growth in the global organic food market. New research by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) shows that some Asian countries’ markets are reporting double-digit growth rates, with regional sales poised to reach $10 billion in the coming years.    As will be shown at the Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit, two of the fastest growing markets for organic products are in China and India. Growing awareness of organic production methods and rising disposable incomes are fueling demand for organic and sustainable foods.     Concerns...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, February 27, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, food safety

On Monday, produce growers from across Northern California gathered in Sacramento for a workshop on on-farm food safety. Taught by Atina Diffley—organic farmer and author of the book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works—workshop participants put together action plans to address food safety on their individual operations. In building their plans, growers considered market needs, as well as the new federal food safety regulations. Particularly relevant to organic farmers, participants used maps of their farms to conduct field and land use risk assessments so they can balance on-farm...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 5, 2016 on food safety, research

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) is researching how the produce industry will fare economically under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and grower participation in the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2016 Vegetable Chemical Use Survey is vital to the success of the study. You may have received a postcard notifying you that you were selected to participate in this survey. It is being distributed randomly to vegetable growers in 19 states. One question on the survey covers biological pesticides. Other questions ask about practices commonly used by organic growers...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, November 28, 2016 on events, food safety

CCOF is hosting a three-day GLOBALG.A.P. IFA-Crops-Fruit & Veg v5.0-2 / PSS Training. If you want to learn more about GLOBALG.A.P. and food safety certification, you won’t want to miss this educational event December 5-7, 2016 at the CCOF office in Santa Cruz, California. Join the food safety and GLOBALG.A.P. experts for a three-day educational experience that includes two days of classroom instruction and one day of on-farm practical inspection experience on a certified organic farm. This training is perfect for producers considering a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification,...
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, April 11, 2016 on events, food safety

The event is sponsored by: Today is the last day to register for the Food Safety Workshop in Ojai–register now! With the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations rolling out and retailers increasingly demanding food safety plans, now is the time to focus on updating or creating a food safety plan that is in alignment with organic regulations. Join CCOF’s workshop in Ojai this Friday to learn more and get your questions answered. The Field-Level Introduction to Food Safety Workshop is aimed at helping producers better understand the components of field-level food safety plans....
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, March 21, 2016 on education, events, food safety

Reserve your spot today for this two-day organic food safety training! This course is designed for organic growers and produce handlers who are new to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards, staff members who need training in food safety, and organic professionals who need to update and improve their food safety program and/or documentation. The two-day workshop will prepare you for the new GFSI-benchmarked food safety certification offered by CCOF. The training will utilize the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standards and the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS)...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, February 8, 2016 on advocacy, food safety, policy

Wild Farm Alliance recently announced the release of the publication Co-Managing Farm Stewardship with Food Safety GAPs and Conservation Practices: A Grower's and Conservationist’s Handbook. The publication provides a resource for organic produce growers taking steps to address food safety on their farms, while continuing to conserve biodiversity and natural resources. FDA Food Safety Regulations Encourage On-Farm Conservation In November 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final Produce Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In the preamble of that FSMA...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, November 23, 2015 on advocacy, food safety, policy, regulatory

On Friday, November 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the final Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Produce Safety Rule establishes food safety standards for produce farms in the United States. Will the Produce Safety Rule impact my operation? The Produce Safety Rule includes requirements that address water quality, employee health and hygiene, wild and domesticated animals, manure and compost application, equipment, and buildings. For a run-down on the Produce Safety Rule and organic operations, see the Organic Trade Association’s response...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, October 5, 2015 on food safety

Are you an organic processor who is looking for food safety certification for your products? Are your buyers requiring a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety certification, or requesting third party audit reports prior to approving a sale? CCOF can help. In addition to CCOF’s food safety services for growers, we are now pleased to give our processor members access to a variety of food safety certifications at a discounted rate through an arrangement with the Food Quality Alliance (FQA). These certifications include: British Retail Consortium (BRC) – GFSI-benchmarked...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, August 31, 2015 on advocacy, food safety, policy, regulatory

Over the next few months, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will publish the final food safety requirements for produce farms and food processing facilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Many produce farmers and food processors that make food for people to eat will need to comply with the new food safety requirements.How did we get here? In 2011, President Obama signed FSMA in to law. FSMA represented the first overhaul to food safety practices in the United States since 1938.FSMA directed FDA to engage in public rulemaking to establish new food safety standards. In...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 24, 2015 on food safety, policy, research

A new study out of the University of California, Berkeley shows that removing vegetation adjacent to farms on California’s Central Coast has not reduced the incidence of E. coli found in fresh produce. Instead, the reverse is true: farms that retained nongrazed riparian or other natural vegetation types had significantly lower prevalence of generic E. coli in water and pathogenic E. coli in produce.These results contradict the conventional wisdom that developed in 2006 when spinach contaminated with pathogenic E. coli entered the stream of commerce and caused three deaths and 205 illnesses....

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