Food safety on the farm is good business!

We are here to help you with farm food safety questions

If you are a fruit and vegetable grower and need assitance with food safety questions and practices on your farm, please contact us at safety@umn.edu or 612-625-1951. We can:

  • Review food safety plans and help you prepare for a GAP audit if you need one
  • Answer questions about on-farm food safety questions such as well-water testing, handwashing and portable handwash stands, manure and soil amendments, wild and domestic animals on the farm, packsheds and tool and equipment sanitation, pest control, worker training, and recordkeeping
  • Answer questions about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Produce Safety Rule

 

Upcoming Conference Sessions - join us! 

MOSES Organic Farming Conference, Feb 22nd - 24th, 2018, La Crosse, WI. To register and for more info
Organic University Session: Feb 22nd, 10:00 - 5:30 Food Safety, FSMA and GAP for Veggies
Session: Friday, Feb 23rd 10:30 - 12: 00. Food Safety from Field to Packshed

 

Upcoming FSMA Grower Workshops

March 19, PSA FSMA Grower Training course 8:30 - 5:30. MinnWest Technology Campus, Life Center auditorium. 1800 Technology Drive NE, Willmar, MN 56201.To register click here: www.psp.tix.com

March 20, 2018 PSA FSMA Grower Training course 8:30 - 5:00. Monticello Community Center in Monticello, MN.  To register and for more information: To register click here: www.psp.tix.com

April 6, 2018. PSA FSMA Grower Training course 8:30 - 5:00. Oronoco City Hall Community Room, 115 2nd St NW, Oronoco, MN 55960. To register click here: www.psp.tix.com

April 10, 2018. PSA FSMA Grower Training course 8:30 - 5:00. Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace. 609 13th Ave NE #8, Little Falls, MN 56345. To register click here: www.psp.tix.com

Why take the FSMA Training Course? Participating in this one-day course fulfills the training requirement in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (outlined in §112.22(c) of the Produce Safety Rule). But all farms, including those that are exempt and qualified exempt from the full Rule, are encouraged to take this course to understand Good Agricultural Practices and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. It is a great overview of crital topics that are becoming even more important to the fresh produce industry. If you would like to get a GAP audit at some point on your product to sell to a wholesale market, it will be very helpful to understand these concepts and how to write food safety plans.

University of Minnesota Extension will also continue to host general introduction to GAPs workshops and field days throughout 2018, but this PSA FSMA course is the only course that is currently recognized by the FDA to fulfill the training requirement in the Produce Safety Rule.

The certificate you will receive is good for life, and follows the person, even if they move to a different farm. Also, GAP audits are not required by FSMA, and having a GAP audit does not replace the need to attend this FSMA training, if you are covered by the Produce Safety Rule. (For more information on the Rule, see the FSMA tab on this page.)

Who are the trainers? These courses will be co-led by PSA staff, MDA Produce Safety Program staff, UMN Extension staff, and trained fruit and vegetable farmers. Your trainers are very well versed in GAPs and practical, effective and useful tips for implementing food safety on your farm.

 

Cornell On-line GAPs course

The GAPs Online Produce Safety Course from Cornell University offers an online overview of GAPs and produce safety on the farm. The next courses will be offered April 11 - May 1, May 9 - 29, and June 13 - July 3. The cost is $225 per participant and typically takes 15-25 hours to complete. We have grant funds to pay for the course fee for a limited number of participants. Email safety@umn.edu for more information. (We will likely not have these funds available next year, so take advantage of this offer now!)

This is a fully-online course that provides a good foundation to understanding GAPs. Taking this course will not result in your farm being “GAPs Certified”. GAPs certification is done by a third party (e.g. USDA, Primus, Global GAP) and involves the successful completion of an on-farm audit.

When registering for the course you will be asked to enter a Group Number. Enter G000107. To register: www.ecornell.com/gaps. For more information Read This or email Don Stoeckel at dstoeckel@cornell.edu.