Webinar: FSMA Preventive Controls Rule Supplier Verification for Food Hubs and Farms

Join the CCOF Foundation and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a webinar that will help food hubs and other local food buyers (including farms in some cases!) understand what they need to do to verify their farm suppliers under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

In this webinar we will break down the complex supplier verification requirement of FSMA’s Preventive Controls Rule (also referred to as the PC Rule). The PC Rule applies to “facilities,” which in some cases can include farms. Part of the PC Rule requires food hubs and other buyers to “verify their suppliers,” which can be done in a number of ways. This webinar will provide an overview of a new guide that CAFF, Farm Commons, and UC Extension created to help food hubs and other facilities understand how they can verify the farms they buy from in a way that is least burdensome for all parties.

Webinar participants will receive a link to the guide. Time will be reserved for questions from the audience.

About Our Speakers

Kali Feiereisel serves as CAFF’s Farmer Services Director. She provides food safety technical assistance to farmers as they further develop their practices to meet new requirements. In addition to being an organic farmer, Feiereisel studied food safety, local food systems, and food and agriculture policy while completing her graduate degree in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rachel Armstrong is the founder and executive director of Farm Commons. She has led dozens of webinars and workshops for thousands of farmers nationwide and created the organization’s innovative approach to farm law risk reduction. As a leading authority on direct-to-consumer farm law, she has authored dozens of publications on farm law matters for farmers, alongside several academic and trade publications for attorneys.

Dr. Erin DiCaprio’s area of expertise is in microbial food safety, with an emphasis on foodborne viruses. Her research is focused on determining the mechanisms by which fresh produce is contaminated by foodborne viruses during production and processing and which biological and environmental factors influence viral persistence in these foods. Dr. DiCaprio’s focus in on community food safety. She is involved with the Master Food Preserver Program and interacts with the general public to disseminate knowledge on safe food handling, preparation, and storage.

About Our Partners

Funding for the California Specialty Crop Small and Medium Scale Farm Food Safety Technical Assistance Program was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM190100XXXXG008. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

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