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The California Avocado Commission has modified its food safety program and manual to align with the Primus GFS standard. To assist California avocado growers in becoming GFS certified, the Commission will host food safety grower workshops that provide training on the new CAC Food Safety Manual. Learn more.

Nearly 300 growers and handler representatives attended the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) seminars hosted by CAC in early March. Learn more about FSMA and find links to the the seminar presentation.

The California Avocado Commission has completed a synopsis of the new Food Safety Modernization Act regulations as a guide for California avocado growers.

UPDATE: due to the overwhelming response by growers pursuing GAP certification of their groves, the CAC-GAP Incentive Rebate program for the 2014-15 fiscal year has been completely expended.

In response to farmers’ complaints that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has noted it will rewrite the food safety rules with four supplementary proposals.

In order to maintain our position as the premium avocado of choice with consumers, and as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), growers are encouraged to take the next step by providing proof of responsible practices and getting food safety certified. CAC's online GAP module is a great place to start.

CAC is again offering a GAP incentive rebate (GIR) that reimburses participating growers for the actual GAP audit costs up to $300 per ranch audit. The rebates are available through October 31, 2014, subject to funds availability.

Attend one of CAC's free GAP seminars in December and learn more about the GAP Incentive Rebate fund.

In January the Food and Drug Administration released the draft Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Rules outlining procedures and standards that growers must comply with to meet specific food safety requirements.

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