Pine Tree Ranch Field Day: Focus on Food Safety
The Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act became effective on January 26, 2018 for farms that produce more than $500,000 in average annual produce sales during the previous three-year period. All remaining farms will be phased in over the next two years (details below). Beginning in 2019, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), acting as enforcement agents for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will commence random farm compliance inspections.
To help California avocado growers prepare for these random inspections, the California Avocado Commission is holding a field day at our Pine Tree Ranch demonstration grove, located at 19455 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, to provide growers an understanding on Produce Safety Rule implementation requirements. CDFA staff will be present and walk growers through an On-Farm Readiness Review at Pine Tree Ranch so you know what to expect if your operation is selected for inspection.
Deadlines for all producers are as follows:
- January 26, 2020 deadline for very small businesses — more than $25,000 but no more than $250,000 in average annual produce sales during the previous three-year period
- January 26, 2019 deadline for small businesses — more than $250,000 but no more than $500,000 in average annual produce sales during the previous three-year period
- January 26, 2018 deadline for all other farms